I can understand it a little bit when it is the 1st baby - you know? But hello - we've done this before. The Mrs. says that the kid is coming, you get a frickin' catchers mitt and get ready. Her history of active labor: 50 minutes, 25 minutes, 30 minutes, 15 minutes.
Yeah, sometimes the OB staff think they know everything about birth. Everyone is different in all aspects of healthcare. My first OB nurse had to deliver my baby. I was dilating but my bag hadn't popped so the doctor popped it and said it should take about 4 hours and left. 29 minutes the baby was out. And it could have been out in 15. I keep hitting the nurse light and they kept brushing me off. I heard her say to my husband "she is going to be difficult, calm her down". What a bitch. I work with her, lol. She is actually the reason I wanted to focus on OB nursing. People don't deserve that shit.
Epidurals are for pussies. Lol, I had one with my last. Why I didn't do it before, I'll never know. I don't think they are a good idea for the first timers, though. You have to know what you are doing to make that baby come out when you can't feel shit. Ahh, primaparas- they just don't understand the pain until it happens, lol.
Sorry, get me talking about babies and such and I could go on forever.