A New Study Says Yes, Moms Should Control Their Epidural Levels, And If They Did, They Would Use Less Painkiller.
A new study says moms should control their epidural levels, and if they did, they would use less painkiller.
Should laboring moms control their own epidural levels? A new study says yes, moms should control their epidural levels, and if they did, they would use less painkiller. The study shows that by allowing moms to control their epidural levels, they'd use less and therefore minimize any potential negative side effects while still receiving adequate pain relief.
Women often receive a continuous epidural infusion of analgesic during labor. This can lead to prolonged labor and an increase in assisted vaginal delivery. Several pain management studies have been done to begin looking at how much analgesia women use and what their pain experience is like when they are able to administer it themselves. (Source: Medical News Today)In fact, the study concluded that women used 30% less analgesia when they were allowed to control their epidural levels. Furthermore, there were less instrument-assisted births. I am very much in favor of anything that safely gives patients more control over their care. In this case, so long as the level are monitored to prevent too much from being administered, I think it's a wonderful idea. If the only possibility is using less while still maintaining comfort, what's the drawback? What do you think? Should laboring moms control their own epidural levels?