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Pain Relief for Labor & DeliveryGeneral Anesthesia

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General Anesthesia is administered to the mother by IV or via gases administered by mask/endotracheal tube intubation. They are generally used for cesarean births.

What will this do for me? Complete relief of painQuick induction of anesthesia in true emergencyMay be woman's preference if she is anxious about regional anesthesia

What are the disadvantages? The mother will be unconscious and unable to participate in birthPotential cardiac & respiratory depression in woman or newborn

A variety of drugs can be used during childbirth. To best understand their impact on you, it is your responsibility to talk with your caregiver about the types, dosages, and effects of medication you may be given. The falowing is general summary.

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