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Effects of Epidural Analgesia on Labor and the Infant

  • Sanjay Datta
  • Bhavani Shankar Kodali
  • Scott Segal
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Abstract

Properly conducted epidural analgesia is generally quite safe and effective. However, even in the absence of complications, epidural blockade can have effects on the course of labor and on the baby. Regional anesthesia can affect the fetus indirectly through alterations in uterine perfusion and directly through placental transfer of drug. These effects are discussed in  Chapters 3 and  5. This chapter discusses the three most important additional phenomena: effect on the progress of labor and mode of delivery, effect on maternal temperature, and effect on breastfeeding.

Keywords

Cerebral Palsy Cesarean Delivery Epidural Analgesia Labor Analgesia Epidural Blockade 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjay Datta
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bhavani Shankar Kodali
    • 1
    • 2
  • Scott Segal
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Brigham & Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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