Epidural Pain Relief in Labour

If you are thinking about having an epidural in labour, it’s a good idea to find out about it before hand as it can be difficult to make a decision if you are in a lot of pain or have already had other pain relief. 
 
Epidurals are very safe and if you want to be completely pain free there is no doubt that a good epidural is the best option. If you decide that you want an epidural, an anaesthetist will normally arrive within a few minutes of your decision. An anaesthetist is on labour suite 24 hours a day.  If you are at home or in the midwife led unit, you will need to move to hospital but an ambulance transfer can be arranged very quickly. 

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