The British Journal of Anaesthesia just released a new study that says epidurals and spinal anesthetics are safer then we...
The British Journal of Anaesthesia just released a new study that says epidurals and spinal anesthetics are safer then we all thought. Sigh. I've said it before, and I'll say it again; I really wish people would make up their minds about research that involves women's health, pregnant women and babies. The pill rocks, no it's bad, wait the pill is safe again. Epidurals and hormones are bad than they're ok and who knows about next week. Now, with my rant out of the way... The study, now the biggest of its type, states: "The estimated risk of permanent harm following a spinal anesthetic or epidural is lower than 1 in 20,000 and in many circumstances the estimated risk is considerably lower." The research goes on to say that the risk to women who receive an epidural in childbirth is even lower. I.e. you're more likely to be paralyzed or otherwise harmed by having a spinal in surgery than you are by having one during labor. The study head notes that doctors would still carefully consider the risks though, because like anything, epidurals and spinals are not risk free. What the study doesn't seem to cover is the research that supports how babies are affected by an epidural, and how it can affect a new mama's mood. That said, I'm erring on the old safe side of use other pain relief during labor when possible. There are many sides to all studies and research in this day and age seem to change on a weekly basis. Read the whole article about this breaking research.

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