Epidural During Labour The most popular form of pain relief used in labour today is the epidural. Over 50% of women giving birth at hospital will have an epidural at some stage during their labour. Epidurals were first used for pain relief during labour in the early 1900s. But it wasn’t for another 70 years before epidurals became incredibly popular amongst childbearing women. Early use of the epidural showed around 40% of women would experience a reduction in contractions, making labour a much longer and difficult process. During the 1970s synthetic oxytocin was discovered, which meant doctors were able to speed up contractions if this side effect occurred. There are many reasons why an epidural seems like an attractive idea, so it’s a good idea to know the risks and benefits of this procedure well before your labour begins.
What Is An Epidural Injection?
Epidural aneasthesia blocks pain in a particular part of the body by blocking the nerve impulses from the lower spine. During labour, epidurals aim to provide pain relief rather than complete lack of feeling in the lower part of the body.
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