Dhabar-duridda foosha (epidural)
A labor epidural is a procedure used to control pain during childbirth. The anesthesia care provider inserts a small catheter (thin plastic tube) into your lower back. The tip of the catheter rests in the area just outside the spinal cord. This area is called the epidural space. Medicines to control labor pain are given through the catheter.
The anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist (who specializes in anesthesia and pain management) will review your chart and ask you questions about your health and pregnancy. He or she will want to make sure that an epidural is right for you and that you understand the procedure risks.
You may have these effects:
After your baby is born, the epidural catheter is removed from your lower back. The tingling and numbness will slowly go away over a few hours.
A labor epidural:
Possible risks of a labor epidural include the following.
There are other ways to control pain during labor and birth. Your health care provider may also suggest:
If you have questions or concerns, please talk with your health care provider.
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