Epidural and Spinal Anesthesia During Labor

An epidural is the most popular choice among women during labor and delivery. It is delivered through a needle and catheter which usually stays in place until the baby is born. ... read more »

Will I Poop When I Push During Labor and Childbirth?

Women have many concerns during pregnancy regarding the dreaded fear of pooping while pushing. This is why it is important to understand the facts around this as well as a few tips that can help. ... read more »

Anesthesia During Labor and Delivery

There are 4 types of anesthesia currently used in the laboring process. These include drugs, local anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, and epidural anesthesia. ... read more »

When Are Pain Medications Offered During Labor?

You may think you're ready for those pain medications as soon as you check-in to the hospital, but you may have to wait around a while before you can ease that pain and settle into labor land. ... read more »

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is rarely used during labor and delivery. General anesthesia is reserved for C-section deliveries that have complications. ... read more »

Spinal Anesthesia

Spinals are pain medications delivered via the spinal column in one dose. The medication is fast acting and can achieve a complete block of pain in as little as 15 minutes. ... read more »

When Is It Too Late For Pain Medication?

For a pregnant woman who has decided on using pain medication for labor and delivery hearing the words, “It is too late to relieve pain” can be frightening. Why, and more importantly when, is it too late for pain medication during labor and delivery? ... read more »

Alternative Pain Management During Labor

You've set your mind to having a pain medication-free labor, but that doesn't mean you have to approach labor without any pain management techniques in mind. ... read more »

Study: Epidurals Slow Second Stage of Labor, Delay Delivery

The findings of a recent study on the use of epidurals during labor suggest the need to review current guidelines defining normal progression and potentially dangerous prolonged (abnormal) labor. ... read more »

Comparison of Anesthetic Effects During Cesarean Section

There are various options for pain control during cesarean section delivery. Regional pain blocks, like the spinal, are increasing in popularity, but there are multiple drugs to choose from. ... read more »

Childbirth: Hypnotherapy for Pain Management

There are many ways to get through the pain of childbirth. One of the less conventional options is the use of hypnotherapy. When it's used in this way, it's often called hypnobirthing. ... read more »

Labor and Delivery: Natural Delivery

Natural birthing techniques are non-invasive procedures that help women accept pain while in labor. ... read more »

Laugh Your Way Through Labor, It’s a Real Gas!

Christina Szalinski found a way to confront the inevitable labor pains with a smile on her face, even when the contractions were at their strongest. Her secret? It's a gas. ... read more »

Epidural and Other Labor Anesthesia

An epidural anesthesia is also known as a 'regional' anesthesia because the pain relief is localized in the lower part of your body. But there are several other types of anesthesia in labor. ... read more »

Restricting Food and Drink During Labor May Be Unnecessary

I was rather surprised to find that my friend wasn’t allowed to have anything to eat or drink during labor. I thought that there must be some medical reason for this, but it turns out that there may in fact not be any reason at all. ... read more »

Epidural Just as Effective on Overweight Women

If you're obese during your pregnancy, you're probably well aware of all the potential and added complications. During your baby's development, there are risks associated with the size and growth rate of the fetus at every stage. ... read more »

Gate Control and How it Can Affect Your Birth

What’s the first thing you do if you smack your funny bone? Without even thinking about it, you rub your elbow. You’re using gate control to alleviate your pain - even if you don’t have any idea what that is. What does this mean for labor? ... read more »

What Does Natural Birth Mean to You? Part 1

What do you think? After teaching natural childbirth classes for twenty-three years, I’ve learned that natural birth means different things to different people. ... read more »