My experience with the epidural, back in 1991, was that I was in such pain that the needle was the least of my worries. They had me leaning forward so they could insert it, and I started having another contraction. The nurses were going to stop until after the contraction passed, because I had to stay perfectly still. I said, "No, keep going, I'll stay still" - and I did. I stayed motionless except for one hand, which I kept flexing in and out of a fist during the contraction. Then the contraction was done, the epidural was in, and the entire lower half of my body disappeared.