Epidural Pain Relief

Assumption: Epidural analgesia relieves pain during childbirth with no adverse affects.

FALSE
According to studies, epidural analgesia does usually relieve pain during childbirth.  However, using an epidural often led to longer labor, stalled labor, and low blood pressure.  After the birth, women who used epidurals had more problems passing urine, moving comfortably, and were more likely to have a fever than women who did not use epidural analgesia.

http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab000331.html

My Views:
Many women feel that the pain relief is worth these relatively minor effects.  Others do not want to experience the effects and decide instead to pursue other forms of pain relief.  The answer to the epidural/ no epidural question is as unique as each woman who answers it.  The only thing I recommend for ALL women is to know the possible effects before agreeing to the procedure.  Knowledge will empower you and help you make the decision that is right for you, your baby, and your family.