Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Pregnancy 2) Pain Control

Options for pain control during delivery include:

  • Epidural anesthesia:
    • Medications is injected into the lower spinal column. This makes you completely numb from the groin, down, but does not affect the delivery.
  • General anesthesia:
    • You are completely asleep for the delivery; this is more common for Cesarean sections.
  • Natural childbirth:
    • No pain medications are given. Instead, alternate methods are used to control pain. These may include distraction, massage, visual imagery techniques, meditation, and controlled breathing.
  • Pain medication by injection:
    • Medication administered as an injection into muscle, or into a vein through an intravenous line (IV).
  • Paracervical block:
    • Injection of anesthetic medication into the cervix, in order to reduce the pain associated with cervical dilation.
  • Pudendal block:
    • Injection of anesthetic that numbs the nerves between the vagina and the rectum.

Continue to Pregnancy 3) Labor Process

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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