Approximately 60% of laboring moms with utilize an Epidural. Depending on your labor and how you are feeling mentally and physically, an epidural could be used as a method to prevent further interventions..
Wait... but someone told me that epidurals CAUSE more interventions...
This is called the "cascade of interventions" which can be caused by many different external factors. It doesn't just include epidurals but also induction, use of Pitocin, or strictly laboring in bed.
There are definitely risks to utilizing an epidural, but for some women it is exactly what they need to have the birth they desire...
Some of these benefits include:
Ultimately the decision of having an epidural is up to you! Listed below are some great resources to utilize in making the decision, but check back tomorrow for another post about Epidurals!