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Norton Healthcare delivers more babies in Louisville and Southern Indiana than any other provider. We offer a range of options for your birth plan, including epidural.
At Norton Healthcare, we believe in working with you to create the specific birth plan you want. We also are prepared for the unexpected and can provide the care you may need.
Norton Healthcare offers a wide variety of pain management choices. We offer regional anesthesia, including epidural, spinal or systemic anesthesia. We also offer options such as nitrous oxide or the use of a labor tub.
This type of pain relief is placed near the nerves in your lower back to “block” pain in a wide region of your body. The types include:
An anesthesiologist performs an epidural and other forms of regional anesthesia. Ask your anesthesiologist if you have questions about how the medicines are administered or how it will feel. Norton Healthcare has the region’s only anesthesiologists dedicated exclusively to obstetrics.
Epidural is the most commonly used pain management option during labor and delivery. It alleviates pain while allowing you to remain fully awake.
It only takes a couple of minutes for an anesthesiologist to insert an epidural. The skin is numbed first, so you’ll feel just a stick and some pressure. You should begin feeling the effects of the medicine in 10 to 20 minutes.
The pressure of contractions may still be present, but they should not feel painful. As the doctor adjusts the dosage, your legs may feel weak, numb or heavy. An epidural should not reduce your ability to push.
The epidural catheter will stay in place throughout your labor and delivery.
While epidurals are a safe and effective pain relief option, they do come with some potential side effects, including:
Ample research has shown that an epidural is safe for you and your baby. On rare occasions, however, distress may occur. Typically this would be the result of your lowered blood pressure causing a slower heartbeat in your baby.
As the epidural wears off after delivery, your legs might be weak and tingly for several hours. Once you are comfortable walking, you should ask for help until your legs feel back to normal.
Your back might be sore where the epidural was inserted, but that should subside within a few days.
If an unexpected emergency arises during labor, Norton Healthcare is prepared to offer the best possible care.
More mothers in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose to deliver their babies at Norton Hospital or Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital than with any other hospital system in the area.
We deliver more than 8,000 babies a year. We’re close to you with more than 90 providers at more than 25 locations around Louisville and Southern Indiana. Choosing Norton Women’s Care gives you many options for how delivery day could go — all with the confidence of knowing that our obstetrics and pediatric specialists are there to help. With Norton Women’s Care you’ll find:
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