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EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA. By Nancy L. Briggs. Epidural for Labor Pain Relief. Most common choice for labor pain Provides greatest pain relief Satisfaction reported by women Availability expected by women. Epidural for Labor Pain Relief. Adverse effects on mother and baby ?.

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epidural anesthesia


By Nancy L. Briggs

epidural for labor pain relief
Epidural for Labor Pain Relief
  • Most common choice for labor pain
  • Provides greatest pain relief
  • Satisfaction reported by women
  • Availability expected by women
epidural for labor pain relief3
Epidural for Labor Pain Relief
  • Adverse effects on mother and baby ?
effects of epidural on labor
Effects of Epidural on Labor
  • Second stage labor & oxytocin
  • Forcep & vacuum extraction use
  • Maternal temperature
  • Maternal blood pressure
maternal complications
Maternal Complications
  • Infection
  • Hemorrhage
  • Misplaced catheter/dosing error
    • Paralysis
    • Respiratory depression
    • Death
postpartum considerations
Postpartum Considerations
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Low back pain
  • Spinal headache
effects on the newborn
Effects on the Newborn
  • Breastfeeding attempts first 48 hrs.
  • Crying in first 48 hrs.
  • Temperature elevations
    • Separation from mother for observation
    • Blood draws for sepsis evaluation
epidural effects complications
Epidural Effects & Complications

Educating women

  • Women have the right to be informed
  • Women want to be informed
  • Most women feel they were not informed prior to epidural
educating women on risks
Right time

Routine office visit during last trimester pregnancy

Wrong time

In hospital during labor

Educating Women on Risks
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