I don't remember being told ANYTHING at all about pain relief.
I did all my own research. Funny thing though was that I didn't research pain-relief free birth.
However I stayed home till I was 8cm dilated after 3 full days of full on contraction. Kept waiting for the 3 minute gap between contractions which was never going to happen!!!
I was so exhausted after 3 days I got barely stand. I hadn't eaten and anything ud drank was vomited from the pain.
I had to have pain relief to give my body a break and because I had a gut feeling something wod go wrong and I didn't want a ga. Boy was I right.
Pain relief isn't just about getting rid of the pain. After my epi I was emotionally able to deal with the birth that I was about to face.
I urge everyone to be fully informed of all options. So they are prepared for any situation that may arise.