I have heard and found it to be true myself that natural childbirth does equal a faster recovery time than when you have an epidural.
I had epidurals with both of my first two children.
I was 10 days late and was induced with my first one. I got the epidural right away with the first one because the labor was so intense. (The later you are, the more receptive you are to the Pitocin and it was painful!) The labor went very slowly because I couldn’t walk around or use gravity to get the baby out.
After Rose finally delivered, I didn’t want them to do a catheter because I heard you could get infections from it. Also the epidural was pretty well worn off and I was certain I was going to feel it. I asked them if I could try to walk to the bathroom. They left me sitting up too long and I got light headed so they were forced to do the catheterization.
With Walsh I was third in line to get the epidural and really needed it by the time I asked for it. They gave me some type of drug