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Epidural Anesthesia For Painless Way of Giving Birth

Updated on January 31, 2015

Epidural Anesthesia For Painless Way of Giving Birth

Epidural Anesthesia For Painless Way of Giving Birth. Mostly women can endure the pain of giving birth, but when time comes that a woman is having prolonged labor and the baby is not yet coming out, doctors usually treat the woman to induce labor and also have the option painless way of giving birth. I experienced this one and it is one way in which there is localized anesthesia given to the mother to make half of the body numbed and go through the labor process and giving birth without pain. Epidural anesthesia is also the same as painless birth. It is obvious that this is not natural way of giving birth as it usually remove the pain from the mother. Some women say that this is robbing the women of true experience of childbirth.

In my own opinion, I would like for myself to experience the joy of giving birth naturally, that is why I was only given epidural anesthesia when I cannot take the pain anymore, otherwise I would like to continue the labor pains but the baby is stressed out already so I decided to avail of it. The natural ways of giving birth which I discussed in some of my hubs are the best way to give birth. If you have complications or your pregnancy is at risk, always talk to your health provider about options.

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Epidural Anesthesia For Painless Way of Giving Birth

Epidural anesthesia is a painless way of giving birth and it is an option throughout your pregnancy process, because even if at first you didn't decide for it, the manner in which you are going to give birth will help you decide if you will avail it. Make an informed decision as you go along your pregnancy and childbirth.

Be sure to know and discuss with your doctor about :

  1. different types of epidurals
  2. how an epidural is administered,
  3. and the benefits and potential risks of an epidural

 

Epidural Anesthesia For Painless Way of Giving Birth

Epidural anesthesia is a local anesthesia administered into a pregnant woman in labor if she is dilated for 4-5 cm already. This is administered by either siting down or lying down, The goal of which is to generally block the pain in the lower half of the woman's body so that it will be numbed and you achieve a painless labor.

How is Epidural Anesthesia Adminsitered?

  • According to the American Pregnancy Association this is usually administered by : "Intravenous (IV) fluids will be started before active labor begins and prior to the procedure of placing the epidural. You can expect to receive 1-2 liters of IV fluids throughout labor and delivery. An anesthesiologist, a physician who specializes in anesthesia, an obstetrician, or nurse-anesthetist will administer your epidural".

Benefits of Epidural Anesthesia

  • It give ease to the woman in labor as she is giving birth the easier way without pain
  • It reduces anxiety and irritability due to labor pains and she may stop cursing the husband or partner (this is a joke)
  • You can actually rest if you have been in labor for so long and you will experience the full calmness of giving birth without pains which is associated with labor
  • When you are giving birth by the C section, this will also give you comfort eve after giving birth

Disadvantage of Epidural Anesthesia

  1. Sometimes women experience headache
  2. They may also have a drop in the blood pressure
  3. The following can be experienced as side effects :
  • shivering
  • ringing of the ears
  • backache, soreness where the needle is inserted
  • nausea, and
  • difficulty urinating

CONCLUSION :

  • This hub is not an exhaustive study about epidural anesthesia or painless way of giving birth, the best option is still the natural way of giving birth that I have discussed in this hub -- Different Ways of Giving Birth and How To Choose the Best Option
  • .Always talk to your health provider about the best options for you. I think that epidural anesthesia remove the experience from the mother of the true meaning of giving birth. Our ancestors gave birth the natural ways and this is deem normal process for women.

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Good information on epidural anesthesia. I admire women who can endure the pain and are determined to give birth the natural way. As for me, I'll opt for epidural because the process of birthing is traumatizing enough.Thanks, Maita!

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Interesting.

      "I think that epidural anesthesia remove the experience from the mother of the true meaning of giving birth." This may be true, but if I was in this situation, I would definitely prefer the experience be as painless as possible.

      Love and hugs,

      Forever His,

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Just peeping to see what is happening in this hub,seems like an online labour room.But this method of birth giving would be my preferred one, if I were a woman. Thanks :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I am sorry but I can't understand why women want to suffer all that pain if there is the epidural anethesia. Very good hub and very explanatory. Thank you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I suppose so-called "native" women give birth so naturally that they scarsely interrupt their work, be it carrying jugs of water from the stream or thrashing grain in the fields. They're portrayed as just stopping in the path, squatting, picking up the new baby and going on down the path!

      Maita - with all the modern improvements, what have we to equal that?

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      rprcarz50 7 years ago

      Maita, When my children were born there was always a concern about any drugs being used at the time of birthing.

      But for my kids it never created any problems. Maybe I'm just blessed .

      Ron

      As Always also a2z50

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Why suffer when we have all these great tools at hand.Thanks for another great hub.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice information Maita. I'll bookmark this one. You always come with great information. I hope this useful for us. And for mother who will birth the baby. Good work, Maita!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi prasetio, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      entertianment, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Ron, it is always good to se you here, yes I think you're blessed but now there are lots of options which used medicines, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Mam NellieAnna, you're definitely correct, I am always amazed with those women lots of them there in the Philippines where I came from, they never had prenatal, give birth in the mountains and yes they are so strong, what have we to equal them, we are pampered LOL, Thanks Mam, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Mam hello, there are also negative effect of anesthesia, so it is good that women have different options Mam, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Andnromida, you're lucky you are a man hehe, online labor room, haha, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Mam revLady, but there are negative effects of anesthesia as well and risks involved, women in general can give birth naturally, look before ancient times, but then again women doesn't want to have pains as well, Thank you Mam, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi my angel, that is good for you, and yes it is trumatizing enough, want some more?? hehe just kidding angel, Maita

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Nice work maita, great information. I know it is a concern to many woman.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you T, Maita

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      I can relate to this Maita, they gave me one when they put a stent in my abdominal aorta, they went up through my groin. Very strange and some of my thigh is still numb after all this time.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Great write up Ate'. I'm just thankful I never have to worry about any of this.

      KUYA Dave.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Mothers today are so lucky!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Ch, oh are you still hurting, HUGS, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Kuya Dave, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thanks habee, Maita

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      milenaamr 6 years ago

      Nice article very informative. I believe that a pregnant woman should know all her options about pain relief before she go to labor. Thanks, Maita.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      I wanted an epidural with my first one. I had three more after. My second I didn't. Wish I had. My last two I didn't need it. They practically flew out of me. The down side is after 19 years of having the first and last epidural, my back still hurts when it's cold or rains. go figure?

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      Hi JO, Yes, our grandparents will know that as they didn't experience those things, my grandmother told me that it will have side effects. For some women, giving birth is difficult you are lucky, you have no difficulty. Thanks for the read.

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