What are the benefits of an epidural after the birth?

Dr. Juan Reina discusses the benefits of epidurals. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are the benefits of an epidural after the birth?

The added benefit for having this control on the epidural is that once the delivery process is done we can turn off the epidural and the patient regains the function of her legs within an hour or two so by the time she goes from labor and delivery to the post partum unit . . . we have separate delivery rooms and postpartum rooms here at Atrium. They have regained almost all their mobility and can go about their business with their new baby and celebrating.


Epidurals have fewer side effects than other forms of pain blockers like general anesthesia in which the patient is asleep, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). Patients who receive an epidural recover their senses and mobility more rapidly than with other types of anesthesia, according to the NIH.

An epidural allows for movement shortly after delivery and also allows the mother to be aware of the provider’s exams during pre-labor and labor, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and GynecologistsOff Site Icon (ACOG).

Talk to your doctor about the post-birth benefits of an epidural.

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