The holidays are upon us. If you are due on or near a major holiday, you will be more likely to face the decision of whether or not to get induced to go into labor.
Epidural anesthesia delivers a combination of anesthetic (numbing) and narcotic medication into the epidural space outside of your spinal cord.
Adapted from The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence.Letting your body go into labor spontaneously is almost always the best way to know that your baby is ready to be born and that your body is ready for labor.
Labor is unpredictable. We have no way of knowing in advance when labor will begin, how long it will last, or how it will feel.
In Hollywood, it is usually the first sign of labor and happens with great fanfare and an exaggerated sense of urgency. In reality only about 10% of women experience their water breaking before labor begins.