Welcome to the forum!
I took epidural. Can't stand the pain. Was in pain for 6 hours before proceeding to the hospital. Pain for another few hours and finally, took epidural. Stayed in the labour ward for 12 hours. I do heard that after taking epidural, there will be side effects after giving birth. There are also people saying, if you take good care of yourself during confinement, chances of side effect will lessen down.
I gave birth in Kandang Kerbau Hospital. I am local hence I am eligible for subsidies rate and medisave. Hence, I can't comment much on the doctors part. As for the hospital wise, I will recommend Kandang Kerbau Hospital. They are the only hospital with full facilities for giving birth. In any event that if there's complication, they will be able to resolve it immediately. (TOUCH WOOD! I am not trying to curse you. dont't get the wrong idea.) 1 of my doctor friend told me that if I give birth at another hospital, if in the event that there are complications which can't be resolve at the hospital, I will be transferred to Kandang Kerbau Hospital as well. So I made up my mind in giving birth at Kandang Kerbau Hospital. The mid-wife that I met, is very friendly and full of patience. Even though I stay at a 5-bedded room, it's still very quiet and peaceful as there is only another 1 patient in the same room as me. My bill came up to around 2K.
Hope this helps!