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Home Wellness Research Drugs in Labor Epidurals Lead to Greater Intervention in Vaginal Deliveries

Epidurals Lead to Greater Intervention in Vaginal Deliveries

Monday, 17 November 2008 18:37

Infants born to mothers after a trial of labor are twice as likely to undergo diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions than infants born after an elective repeat cesarean section, but the increase occurred only in the subgroup of infants whose mothers received epidural analgesia for pain relief during labor. The higher rate of intervention could relate to the well-documented increase in intrapartum fever that occurs with epidural use.

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