Category: Medications & Anesthesia

CHAPTER [7]

Medications and Anesthesia

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The avoidance of the use of medications during pregnancy was thoroughly covered in Chapter [2] on this website. This chapter focuses on the use of medications and anesthetics during labor, delivery, and postpartum. Also discussed are medications for special situations.

While certain women will require medication and anesthesia during labor and delivery for medical reasons, the majority of pain relief is elective. As with any choice, if the benefits outweigh the risks, you may want to accept the medication. But if you accept the medication without informed consent or the knowledge of how your labor is progressing, you may regret your decision. Know your choices and make decisions based on the facts related to your labor and delivery.

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Regional Analgesics and Anesthetics

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