Most of the complications or nightmares that you may have heard about epidurals are to some degree true. Yes, one can get paralyzed. But the serious ones are very rare. (Again, keep in mind that there are potentially some very serious complications to being pregnant.) As far as inaccurate info in this article, I’ll comment on a couple. First, an epidural can increase the time of pushing up to 5-6hrs!?!?! Wow. I’m not sure which species we’re talking about here but it ain’t human. Do you know anyone who has ever pushed for six hours?? The evidence shows that epidurals generally do not significantly increase the duration of the first stage of labour (going from closed cervix to fully dilated cervix and ready to push) but can increase the second stage of labour (fully dilated cervix to birth of baby). Most first time moms push for 1-2hrs. At worst, I’d be inclined to say that an epidural might add 30 minutes to this time but to triple it is outrageous. Keep in mind that a woman who has laboured in relative comfort with an epidural for a number of hours might actually be better rested than one who has chosen to go without an epidural and would thus have greater energy to push her child out.