I was enduced with ds1 and had an epidural. Completely numbed me in the vaginal area. I couldn't feel when to push. Ended up have failed suction twice then a forcep delivery and an episiotomy (I chose episiotomy over tearing) after a 33 hour painful long labour. No issues for bub with the forcep delivery and I healed really well after the episiotomy, was not in too much discomfort for very long at all.
I was enduced with ds2 and had the epidural again. This time I was numb from the thighs down and couldn't feel my legs for hours afterwards which was an aweful experience. I had a quick easy 4 hour labour, at least this time I could feel when to push!
My ob said my body obviously doesn't block the pain which is why the epidurals were not affective. I'm due to have ds3 in a few weeks. My ob is seeking the advice of the top anaesthesiast to get his opinion and perhaps try a different method re the epidural this time.