38: Epidural

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Episode 38 Content and Overview

The term epidural is basically used to encompass any type of anesthetic medication used for labor and birth.  There are actually three separate procedures that can be done that are often lumped under the umbrella term, “epidural”.  The three procedures are epidurals, spinals, and the combined spinal epidural.  Different techniques, medications and doses all have different results and risks, so it is really important to talk to your care provider about what their policy and practice is, so you know what options you have when it comes to medications, and make the best choice for you and your baby.  This episode explains what your options are for an epidural, what is involved in the procedure, how it will impact your labor, what the benefits and risks are, and the possible side effects.

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