Summary: The use of epidural analgesia (EA) during labour is increasing in Australasia. This highlights the need for improved educational and resource materials, current factual information about EA, and identification of consumer attitudes towards EA. In this survey, 350 parturients who had recently used EA for labour pain relief in a single maternity unit were asked to complete a questionnaire about their expectations and experience. The response rate was 90%. Prepartum information was most commonly derived from hearsay and least commonly from medical health professionals, 56% of respondents wanted pain to be made tolerable and 34% wanted complete pain relief. Almost half considered unrestricted mobility and delivery without obstetric assistance important. A minority were concerned about possible effects of EA on the baby or labour outcome. Anticipated pain during epidural placement was significantly greater than that experienced. Satisfaction with EA was high, although 36% described unpleasant or annoying effects associated with EA. Parent educators and epidural service providers should be aided by knowledge of where parturients obtain information and of consumer views about EA.