I was offered gas. The gas provided a minor distraction.I had thought about asking for an epidural for quite some time, but being the stubborn woman I am was trying to persevere, to fight the pain. The thoughts then lead to me asking my husband for it, for quite a few contractions, his response was is that what you want - I don't know what I want. Repeat.
It was not in my birth plan. I wanted to labour naturally like I did with my first son, even though his birth led to an emergency cesarean section. It was such a peaceful, easy labour. When the obstetrician offered it to me I did not hesitate. She said that if I continued the way I was, I was going to have a repeat of my last birth, as my body was bearing down, putting pressure on my cervix, which could cause it to swell, leading to another obstruction.