Medical study shows epidurals and spinal anesthetics are safer than previously reported
The largest ever prospective study [1,2] into the major complications  of epidurals
and spinal anaesthetics published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia today (Monday 12 January 2009) concludes that previous studies have over-estimated the risks of severe complications of these procedures....
African-Americans less likely to choose epidurals for postoperative pain relief
PHILADELPHIA Minority and low-income patients are less likely than those who are white or more well off to agree to post-surgery epidural pain relief, according to new research from physicians at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The study, published recently in the journal Anest...
Doula support during labor reduces cesarean rates and epidurals
Cleveland, OH May 29, 2008 During labor, the continued presence of a doula an experienced non-medical female companion who provides continuous labor support has significant beneficial effects for middle- and upper-class women in childbirth, even when they have their male partner or other famil...
No connection between epidurals and backache
According to previous studies, an association between epidural during labor and lower back pain. However, a new study shows no evidence of a link.// Researchers in Staffordshire, England found no significant disparity in long-term backache, measurements of mobility or responses to questions about e...
CONSUMER REPORTS: Back to Basics For Safer Childbirth
..., sedation, fever, longer pushing, and serious perineal tears.
Epidural anesthesia presents risks to newborns.
True. Babies whose mothers received epidurals
during labor are at risk
for rapid heart rate, hyperbilirubinemia (the presence of and excess of
bilirubin in the blood), need for antibiotics, and po...
Epidurals Associated With Breastfeeding Problems
...arly. Moreover they said that the chemical used in epidurals
could affect babies.
The researchers who look...vidence of the fact that the fentanyl component of epidurals
is associated with breast-feeding difficulties – s...lished today, experts suggested that the impact of epidurals
on breast-feeding should be officially classed as ...
Epidural Mistakes Proves To Be Fatal Blunders
are usually given during childbirth to ease the pain during labor. But such epidurals
proved to be fatal due to hospital blunders //. Th...idural with other drugs. In case of pregnant women epidurals
are given for pain relief during labor. Intravenou...
Home Birth Babies on the Rise
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) said that there is lack of information and shortage of midwives which steers women towards hospitals where epidurals
and other medical interventions are readily available. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt set a target for England on the number of births at home. Mar...
Midwives demand that pregnant women should be made to pay for epidurals!
... If women demand epidurals
during delivery even if not needed they should be ...education and research committee says women having epidurals
are more likely to then need some other form of in... calls on the UK health departments to ensure that epidurals
are provided free to women who have a definitive n...
Epidural can affect the fetal head position
given during labor can affect the way the final fetal head position is goin...ery, such as when epidural were administered, 4 hours after admission if no epidurals
are given, and in late labor when the dilation is more than 8cms.