Pain Relief Options – Epidural Anaesthesia
Epidural anaesthesia is a common method of pain relief used by women during labour.
Epidural anaesthesia is a common method of pain relief used by women during labour. This video discusses, in detail, how an epidural anaesthetic works to relieve pain. It also goes through important issues about having an epidural anaesthetic during labour as well as some commonly held beliefs that have been shown to be incorrect. There is also a detailed discussion about the risks of having an epidural anaesthetic that women and support people should be aware of.
Would you like to share your experiences of using epidural anaesthesia during labour? If you have recently had your baby at the Women's and Children's or been a support person for someone who did and would like to share your story, please get in touch via email. Your details will remain anonymous.
Email address: HealthCYWHSAnaesthesiaWB@sa.gov.au
Please note: The Women's and Children's Hospital does not use pethidine or diamorphine. A similar medicine, fentanyl, is given into a small cannula under the skin. The amount of pain relief achieved and the side effects are very similar to those described for pethidine and diamorphine.