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Regional anesthetics include epidurals and spinals.
You'll find conflicting views on amniotomies (artificially breaking your bag of water), epidurals and inductions.
You might read that epidurals slow down labor, but talk to a labor and delivery nurse who says epidurals actually speed up labor.
Anesthesia in childbirth includes epidurals, spinal blocks, and intradermal water blocks.
Epidurals provide good pain relief for childbirth without impairing mental awareness.