My DD was my first and she was sunny side up. My epi did not work at all and the birth was very painful. Especially in my back and butt/thigh area. I can still feel where the pain was on my butt. They kept pumping me full of pain meds, but nothing was working.
My son was my 2nd baby, and he was NOT sunny side up. He was in the perfect, normal position. The epi worked beautifully and I had a perfect, amazing delivery. I felt pressure, but no pain. It was such a great experience.
See, this is what I'm thinking!
If DD#2 is sunny side up, skip the epidural or risk repeat of last time.
If she's not, go for the epidural. Assume it'll work and have a much more easy experience.
So far we're joking that DD#2 is the "cooperative" one (DD#1: I had GD, weird WBC issues, and decided to come 2 days after my mom died--c'mon, 2 days earlier, she totally could have done that!) So I'll tell DD#2 that she should arrive on April 2 (that's a good convenient date for us ;) and that she is NOT to arrive Sunny Side Up!