I had epidural.. i cannot imagine going through labour without it.. i dont think i can tahan the pain.. I am not sure about the slow down labour progress part as my labour is still okie.. abt 8~9hrs bah..which is normal for 1st timer..
Regarding baby latching or baby sleepy.. i dont think epi...
Apply diaper rash cream to get rid of the diaper rash..
U may want to apply a barrier cream each time you change diaper.. I am using mustela barrier cream everytime i change my ds diaper.. so far so gd..