What are the benefits of an epidural during labor and delivery?

Robert W. Chalmers, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
There is a wide variety of options for pain relief during labor and childbirth. The majority of patients who desire pain relief during labor choose to have an epidural, which is a very quick and safe procedure that the anesthesiologist performs. The advantages of having an epidural are that it doesn't make you tired, so you're able to enjoy your labor. You're able to be awake and aware when your baby is born, and enjoy that experience with your family and with your spouse.

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your doctor may choose to delivery through C-section to lower the risk of trauma to you and your baby. After delivery, you may experience sore breasts, incontinence, vaginal discharge, hemorrhoids, and discomfort around your vagina (especially if an episiotomy was conducted). Some mothers experience what is known as the baby blues which may include crying, irritability, or sadness. This is often due to the hormonal and physical changes that take place after childbirth. Talk to your doctor if your physical or emotional symptoms become more serious.
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