• How will my pain be managed?
  • How does an epidural work?
  • How is the epidural performed?
  • Do you offer patient-controlled epidural analgesia at Mass General?
  • When can I have an epidural in labor?
  • Is it ever too late in labor to consider having an epidural?
  • How soon will the epidural work and how numb will I feel?
  • How long will the epidural last?
  • What about “spinals”?
  • What if a cesarean section (C-section) is necessary?
  • What can go wrong with regional anesthesia (epidurals and spinals)?
  • What about intravenous or systemic medications (instead of epidurals and spinals)?
  • What about general anesthesia for C-section?
  • What can go wrong with general anesthesia?
  • Can I eat or drink during labor?

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