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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:

  1. One positive thing an epidural does is relieve the pain which you start to feel during labor, almost completely eliminated it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. The anesthesia can take up to twenty minutes before it takes effect.
  2. After an epidural is administered, many women will not be able to walk but does not necessarily have that affect on everyone.
  3. 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 an epidural.

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.

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