|Originally posted by kama'aina mama
I am continually shocked that doctors lie in such a bold faced fashion to their patients.
I don't think that most OB's are bold faced liars. I think most of them believe it. Truely.
The drug used in epidurals is bupivicaine (trade name, marcain). A more recent technique that most women get for epidurals uses this drug in combination with a small does of narcotic (usually fentanyl or sufenta). This combination allows them to use a much smaller dose of the bupivicaine while still getting good pain relief. If you have seen women on "A Baby Story" that could move their legs, get up on hands and knees, could feel to push with an epidural - they had this technique. Now compared to, say an injection of demerol, the drugs "hardly affect the baby". And doctors argue about if they affect them at all. For instance, many anesthesiologist disagree with the study that shows nursing problems/groggy babies after epidurals - and have other studies that back them up. Most also will show you research that shows that they don't affect c/sec rates either.
I personally think there are many other problems with epidurals- malpositioned babies, causing temps in labor, do increase c/sec esp. in first time moms. I'm not arguing for their routine use, just trying to show how the medical folks think.