An epidural provides pain relief and allows you to remain conscious. Here you'll learn about epidurals including how they work, when they're administered, risks, and more.

Epidural or Drug-Free Birth?

Deciding between natural birth vs. epidural? Here, the stories of two very different deliveries weigh the pros and cons of getting an epidural.

Epidurals & Delivery Drugs

Epidurals and other regional blocks are on the way up -- and for good reason.

Labor & Delivery: Epidurals

Many women choose to have an epidural to ease the pain of labor and delivery. Find out how an epidural works and if it could be part of your birth plan.

Pregnancy Confidential Podcast Week 30: Epidurals

Find out what's going on in week 30 of your pregnancy on this podcast episode of Pregnancy Confidential.

Birth Stories: Delivery with an Epidural

Natalia gave birth two weeks early to her second baby, Maya, after her water broke unexpectedly. Watch her discuss her positive delivery experience with an epidural.

Barbara's Birth Story: Fear of Forceps

This mom learned to stay flexible during a trying time.

Epidurals Don't Stall Labor, Study Says

If you're worried that an epidural could slow down your birth, this study says you can rest easy.

7 Facts About Epidural Side Effects

Everything you need to know about potential epidural complications, from headaches and back pain afterward to other, more serious risks.

Want a Drama-Free Delivery? Lie Down After the Epidural

New research indicates that first-time moms who take an epidural may reduce their need for medical intervention if they lie down while in labor.

What Is an Epidural & How Does It Work?

Learn about spinal injections and epidural injections to decide if one of these forms of anesthesia is right for your labor and delivery.