That sounds like a bad situation all together and I'm sorry you had to deal with it. In my experience the hospital version of "informed consent" is, "I'm going to do X." and then doing it unless you fight them. It sounds like you didn't even get that much. I don't know much about epidurals, but couldn't he have turned the medicine back on after you were back in a "safe" position? You should complain.
Rachel, SAHM to
wife to dh .