Quoting Mrs. Reynolds:" They will put you under if you ask it. They had to with me because the local and two epidurals didn't ... [snip!] ... But you are awake within 20 minutes and your husband CAN see the baby being born, my mom and sis watched my whole procedure "Really? I was put under for mine & they wouldn't let my mom in the room while they did it. She had to wait to see DD until they were done.