What some women are saying?
"It was a lot different from my first epidural. I could actually move around in my bed and get up to go to the bathroom. It was nice to be able to feel the contractions and yet they didn't bother me." - second time mom
"I could walk! I had really doubted it would happen, but it did."
"After almost 30 hours in labor, it was a nice compromise from my previous no medications stance. I was still able to do most of what I wanted in my birth plan."
Again, no medication or study is perfect, nor the answer for all. However, the ultra low dose epidural does seem to provide an alternative for those women who would choose or require pain relief in labor, particularly if you fear being completely numbed.
Make sure that you read about the epidural procedure, it is very important to have an entire understanding of the process. My thanks to Dr. Ting for his assistance in the procedure portions of this article. There is also a reference section on his site for epidural related links, and another resource page for non-pharmological pain relief.