Intravenous pain medication is an option during early labor. However, since the sedative effects are passed to the infant, pain medication may be more limited as your delivery nears.
Epidurals are available no matter when you go into labor. We have dedicated obstetric anesthesia providers available to answer questions and see you when you are ready to discuss an epidural. During an immediately after the epidural placement, one support person can remain at your side. We still offer many positions and tools to help you with your labor and delivery. All the options available during and after delivery are still available.
If you and your provider decide that you need to deliver by cesarean section, some options are available during and after delivery. If you are a candidate for spinal anesthesia, you can request a clear drape that will allow you to witness the birth of your baby. Depending on the condition of your infant at the time of birth, you will be offered the opportunity to breastfeed and do skin-to-skin in the operating room. You will be able to have one support person with you in the operating room as deemed appropriate by your team.
Many of the options will continue to be available. Discuss your options with your provider and care team.