Dont pain medications given to moms in labor get to the baby?

Pain meds & fetus. The answer is yes for narcotic medications. All of them will get into the babies circulation and make him/her drowsy or floppy at birth, occasionally requiring breathing resuscitation. The epidural form of anesthesia does not have a direct affect on baby's tone or consciousness, but is associated with maternal low blood pressure and delay in the 2nd stage of labor. So they all have some affect.