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One of the most joyous moments in a woman’s life — having a baby — often comes with pain. To ease labor pains and help you experience the delivery of your baby, your doctor may suggest an epidural.
An epidural delivers regional anesthesia that blocks your pain by numbing your body from the waist down. Many women find they can more fully enjoy participating in their baby’s birth if they don’t have intense labor pains. Your OB/GYN at Dignity Health Central Coast will work with you and respect your personal wishes throughout your labor and delivery.
If you are considering having an epidural on the Central Coast, Find a Doctor today who puts your care, dignity, and respect first throughout your pregnancy journey.
In addition to easing pain, epidural anesthesia helps a laboring mom-to-be relax and get a little rest through contractions. Doctors also use epidurals for women who need to have a C-section. If you choose to have an epidural, a Dignity Health Central Coast anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will carefully inserted a catheter in the space around your spinal cord so painkillers can flow into your body. You will enjoy pain relief within a few minutes, Your doctor will make sure that it is working by asking about your pain level or sensations.
Throughout your delivery while on an epidural, your doctor and nurses will monitor your blood pressure and the baby’s well-being. You may remain aware of your contractions, but you will not experience pain.
You may have a bit of discomfort in the area of the injection or in your lower back for a few days after delivery. A very small number of women experience epidural headaches, so let your doctor know if you are having any symptoms.
For pain relief during labor and delivery, make an appointment with an expert at Dignity Health Central Coast.