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?

Should you get an epidural or go drug free? To help you decide, read the story of two very different deliveries.

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.

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.