Pushing for the best care for mom and baby during labor and birth means you are advocating for you and your child’s needs. You won't come out of the birth feeling guilty that you got talked into doing something that you didn’t want.
I'm stationed in Texas and don't have my family close by to give me all the support I needed. So from the time I shared the news of my pregnancy with my mom, she had encouraged me to buy a lamaze book and take a lamaze class to obtain the confidence I needed. She knew and supported my birth plan.
Unfortunately, the first time I gave birth I couldn't find professionals or preparation courses that supported natural delivery. Even though they were experienced, skilled, ethical and favored vaginal birth, they couldn't understand that I wanted to "refuse" the epidural.