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Are opiates a good option for pain relief during labor?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Narcotics called opiates can also be given to relieve pain. There is some link between opiates and respiratory distress in newborns, but a delivery team in the hospital can take care of any issues. (It's why narcotics aren't recommended for home births.) They're not a great choice because they can make you - and even the baby - woozy, but their upside is that they generally help take the edge off the pain. They're generally used if it's too late for an epidural; also, narcotics can be given with doctor prescription, while an epidural needs an anesthesiologist.
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