The Epidural Book: A Woman's Guide to Anesthesia for Childbirth

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JHU Press, Oct 16, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 152 pages

The majority of women giving birth in the United States receive an epidural during labor and delivery; many others receive a spinal block. The Epidural Book fully explains anesthesia used during labor and vaginal delivery or C-section, with an emphasis on epidurals.

Dr. Richard Siegenfeld answers pregnant women's questions, including • Who administers epidurals and spinal blocks and when?• How does anesthesia affect both the mother and the baby?• Under what circumstances should a woman avoid an epidural?• What happens during the recovery period?• What problems can arise?

Written by an experienced anesthesiologist, The Epidural Book is lighthearted and informative. This easy-to-read guide helps an expectant mother prepare for her all-important day.

-- Steven P. Cohen, M.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 How Our Thinking and Practice Have Changed
1
Chapter 2 How an Epidural Works
5
Chapter 3 Where Who and When
9
Chapter 4 The Preparation
14
Chapter 5 The Procedure
20
Chapter 6 The Imperfect Epidural
34
Chapter 7 Side Effects
44
Chapter 8 Uncommon Problems
50
Chapter 12 Anesthesia for CSections
78
Chapter 13 After Your Delivery
91
Chapter 14 Alternatives to Epidurals
96
Chapter 15 Effects on the Baby
101
Chapter 16 In a Nutshell
109
Acknowledgments
113
Notes
117
Glossary
121

Chapter 9 Rare Complications
59
Chapter 10 Conditions Affecting Epidurals and Spinals
64
Chapter 11 Spinals and Walking Epidurals
72

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About the author (2012)

Richard Siegenfeld, M.D., is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Hofstra University School of Medicine. He is also an attending anesthesiologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

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