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What are my options for pain management in labor?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Elia Fanous
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Anesthesia choices
The epidural really works best for pain management without exposing baby to medication.
Many patients get by with IV pain meds like demerol (meperidine hydrochloride). There are a few docs that do a nerve block vaginally called a pudendal block that can help prior to delivery. There's also those that get by without anything. In these cases, a good support system or doula can be helpful. I personally like epidurals best.

In brief: Anesthesia choices
The epidural really works best for pain management without exposing baby to medication.
Many patients get by with IV pain meds like demerol (meperidine hydrochloride). There are a few docs that do a nerve block vaginally called a pudendal block that can help prior to delivery. There's also those that get by without anything. In these cases, a good support system or doula can be helpful. I personally like epidurals best.
Dr. Elia Fanous
Dr. Elia Fanous
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Dr. Satvinder Dhesi
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Options
Options include not receiving any medications at all, some patients feel strongly that they wish to experience every aspect of the birth of their child.
The most significant pain of labor is during the late stage as the baby passes the lower birth canal. Epidural catheters are highly effective for this and allow mothers to have very good pain control while being able to fully experience the birth.

In brief: Options
Options include not receiving any medications at all, some patients feel strongly that they wish to experience every aspect of the birth of their child.
The most significant pain of labor is during the late stage as the baby passes the lower birth canal. Epidural catheters are highly effective for this and allow mothers to have very good pain control while being able to fully experience the birth.
Dr. Satvinder Dhesi
Dr. Satvinder Dhesi
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
In brief: Regional
Anesthesia, like epidural a and spinels, IV medication, tens units, hypnotherapy and natural childbirth preparation.

In brief: Regional
Anesthesia, like epidural a and spinels, IV medication, tens units, hypnotherapy and natural childbirth preparation.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. Mark Sacher
Pain Management
In brief: 2 treatments
Continous labor epidural with narcotics and local anesthetics work best.
If you do not want or have a medical reason to have an epidural, intravenous Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) can help alleviate labor pain.

In brief: 2 treatments
Continous labor epidural with narcotics and local anesthetics work best.
If you do not want or have a medical reason to have an epidural, intravenous Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) can help alleviate labor pain.
Dr. Mark Sacher
Dr. Mark Sacher
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