Epidural or no?

So I want to try natural child birth. I have tons of friends who talk negative about epidereals. They slow down the delivery, sometimes u still feel everything, causes future back pain, u can't walk at all the next day so you have to Have someone do everything for you and many more. I can handle most pain well.. Idk I'm really torn. What do you think. I'm due in July so I think I have time !