Epidural block - pregnancy

Delivery - epidural; Labor - epidural

An epidural block is a numbing medicine given by injection (shot) in a specific place in the back. It numbs or causes a loss of feeling in the lower half of your body. This lessens the pain of contractions during childbirth. An epidural block may also be used to reduce pain during surgery on the lower extremities. This article focuses on epidural blocks during childbirth.

Epidural - series

Your understanding of what happens during labor and delivery as well as your attitude toward it, affect the amount of pain you feel while giving birth. The breathing methods and relaxation techniques you learn in childbirth-education class may reduce your need for pain medication, but you wont know whether you'll need drugs until you're in the delivery room. The most common form of pain medication used in labor is an epidural block. During the procedure, anesthetic is injected into the epidural space near your spinal cord, temporarily numbing your lower body.

How is the Epidural Given?

Is an Epidural Safe?

What Types of Epidurals are There?