While I definitely understand where you're coming from, and I don't pretend to be a hero, (I had an epidural with my twins) most people are not adequately educated about the risks these procedure can have to the well-being of both mother and infant. It is assumed that because it is offered and used frequently that the risks must be fairly low. Hmmmm are you certain? Wouldn't you like to know more about something that may run the risk of creating more problems than they fix? If I could only turn back the clock. I definitely would've done things differently armed with the knowledge I have now.
There is a time and a place for everything including Epidurals and C-sections. I'm not saying never to have one but rather don't take them lightly and make informed choices. You can only weigh the pros and the cons if you know what they are. There are alternatives out there that you may want to consider first.
You have the internet at your fingertips. Use it. Look up the statistics. Or make it easy on yourself and get a copy of Heni Goer's book, "The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth". She states openly that she is in favor of the midwifery model of care and natural childbirth. However, those decisions are based on extensive research and is all documented. She cites her sources and has an extensive index of resources. If you doubt her conclusions the sources are there for you to refer to.
Other books I have found informative are:
Birthing From Within,
by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin
Gentle Birth Choices, by Barbara Harper
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
A Good Birth, A Safe Birth: Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want,
by Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer
REMEMBER to check with your local library or local doulas who may be able to loan out the books you need!