All too often women are pushed into having an epidural during labour- either through pressure from friends and family "oh don't be "brave" and suffer, get an epidural..." or from doctors and L&D nurses.... "oh there are no problems/risks with having an epidural...", and the media that publicizes the "pain-free birth' with epidurals.
Very rarely are women given full disclosure about any risks of the various medical procedures and interventions that are thrown at them during labour. Especially during labour.
Every woman needs to read this study BEFORE heading the the L&D floor of their local hospital. If you choose to have an epidural, then make the choice fully aware of the risks to both your self and your baby.