Anesthesia during labor

OBGYN Sheryl Ross, MD, explains the pros and cons of using epidural anesthesia during labor, how it makes the baby and mother feel, and whether or not it is safe to use
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Anesthesia during labor

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The pros and cons of using epidural anesthesia really will depend on the choice of the parents. I always advise my patients to do their research and find what's comfortable for them for the ideal delivery. Epidural anesthesia is completely safe in labor. It's primarily a nerve block so you do not feel the sensation of contractions during labor. It does not affect the baby in any way, and it doesn't affect the mother in making them feel drugged or foggy during the laboring process. Alternatively, IV medication has that affect on sedating the mother and the unborn fetus.

OBGYN Sheryl Ross, MD, explains the pros and cons of using epidural anesthesia during labor, how it makes the baby and mother feel, and whether or not it is safe to use

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Sherry Ross, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Sherry A. Ross, MD, received her OB/GYN training at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and she was honored with two teaching awards as a senior medical resident. She was a medical consultant on the books Expecting Fitness and Two at a Time.  She also has appeared on MTV, consulted for Fit Pregnancy, People, In Touch, and Shape Magazine. She has been in private practice in Santa Monica, California for the past 20 years. In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Ross was the President of the Upper and Middle Division of Brentwood School and has been on the board of Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles, for three years. She is married and has three children.

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