The Truth about Epidural Deliveries
Each year, most women who have a baby choose to have epidural deliveries.
With such an increase in yearly deliveries, there is a need to tell
you the truth about epidural deliveries. Many women choose the walking
epidural, also known as the low dose epidural. The reason many women
choose this method of epidural deliveries based loosely upon the
belief they will simply be able to walk the halls during the labor
process and will have pain free contractions. However, that is not
always the case.
An epidural is an anesthesia such as bupivacine or lidocaine. The
anesthesia is injected into a catheter which goes into the spine.
The catheter is then kept in place to allow more doses to be given
throughout the labor process. With every anesthesia procedure, there
are pros and cons; the same happens with an epidural, there are
also pros and cons as well.
The pros about epidural deliveries are:
- One positive thing an epidural does is relieve the pain which
you start to feel during labor, almost completely eliminated it.
- You will also be able to remain alert during the labor stage,
which is beneficial for that moment when you give birth to your
child; you want to make sure that you don’t miss any action.
- The benefit from receiving an epidural is the relief you get
that lasts longer due to the catheter remaining in place. The
third benefit that you will get from an epidural is the anesthesia
will never enter the baby’s bloodstream.
The cons about epidural deliveries are:
- The anesthesia can take up to twenty minutes before it takes
- After an epidural is administered, many women will not be able
to walk but does not necessarily have that affect on everyone.
- As the body becomes numb, you may or may not have a hard time
during delivery for pushing. Although documentation at this point
whether or not it can be claimed as plain fact is constantly debated,
as many women do not feel any problem delivering a child using
If you are interested in epidural deliveries, it is in your best
interest to make sure that you know the truth about epidurals. Remember
you don’t have to listen to everyone, just talk to a few people
who have used an epidural and those who haven’t in order to
form an educated opinion; although you can rely on published facts
and not take anyone’s opinions into consideration. The reason
you need to take all opinions into consideration is important as
an epidural doesn’t have the same effect on everyone.
Before it is time to have the baby, if you have chosen the way
of epidural deliveries, you may be required to watch a movie. In
this movie, you will be able to learn everything there is to know
about an epidural delivery. It will show you the entire procedure
from being to end. Once you have finished watching the movie you
will be required to sign a paper stating that you did watch the
movie and you still want to have an epidural delivery.