WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EPIDURALS?


As a Doula our job is to help and to support women in an educated and unbiased way through their pregnancies, childbirth and postpartum. And, the best advice that we can give to each other is to continue getting educated and gaining more knowledge, because knowledge is the most powerful tool that we can use to advocate for ourselves.

Although the following points are from the video made by Rebecca Dekker, PhD nurse and the Founder of Evidence Based Birth®, I encourage you to watch the complete video:

Epidural during Labor for Pain Management

WHAT IS AN EPIDURAL?

“An epidural is also sometimes called an epidural block. This is when a catheter is placed in your lower back in an area right beneath where the spinal cord ends. An epidural can cause some loss of feeling and numbness in the lower part of your body, but the person who’s in labor remains fully awake and alert.”

WHAT IS A SPINAL BLOCK?

“A spinal block is somewhat similar to an epidural. It’s given as an injection in your lower back, but it’s given with a much smaller, thinner needle, and with a much smaller dose of the drugs. The drugs are injected into a sac of spinal fluid that’s right below the spinal cord in your back, and it causes a loss of feeling in your lower body.”

WHAT IS A CSE?

“You can also combine these two treatments into one and that is called a Combined Spinal-Epidural block or sometimes abbreviated CSE. With this method, you get both the benefits of both methods.”