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How can an epidural be used for childbirth?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld answered

Specializes in Pain Management

See below: It is placed in the epidural space to deliver local anesthetic to the nerves that provide feeling to your pelvic region to attempt to diminish the discomfort of childbirth.

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Dr. Richard Pollard answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Pain control: The epidural is used to place a dilute concentration around the spinal cord at the level of the waist. It is around this area that the nerves that serve the abdomen and uterus involved in childbirth are located. Once this medication is placed it gently deadens the nerves so no pain impulses manage to make it to the brain. Hence we can make the process of childbirth a more pleasant experience.

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