Learning About Epidural




According to the American Pregnancy Association more than 50% of women giving birth at hospitals use epidural anesthesia.

There are many myths about labor and delivery and Dr. Alberto Sirven, Medical Director of the West Kendall OB/GYN Program and Women and Infant Credentials Committee Chairman with West Kendall Baptist Hospital describes what walking epidural is.

“It’s a very high dose concentration, certain narcotics that I diluted significant so once please allow you to have mobility your extremities but at the same time you have numbness,” he says.

Transcript
Now according to the American Pregnancy Association more than 50% of women giving birth at hospitals use epidural anesthesia. Doctor can you explain to us what that is? >Well as I tell people since I have on multiple generations obstetrician in my family, the only advantage has been paying control for labor, and trust me if you look at someone being delivery years ago there is no makeup no smiles no happy faces. And in today’s world thank God were able to deliver patients would make up smiles, thanks to the Epidural. >oh that’s fantastic. I love the way… What a great sound bite that was… All right. So there are different types of epidurals. I got one, so… no makeup, but I got one, and I was smiling. — I’m surprised you didn’t have makeup on — I didn’t have any makeup on, no, no . Oh I should have brought my picture, maybe next time. We do something. But… Different types of epidurals, there is a standard and a walking. Now that I’ve never heard of well. >I think that the walking epidural is something we hear a Baptist Health to not have the ability to provide, walk-in epidural because what is that be what can epidural really is it’s a very high dose concentration certain narcotics that I diluted significant so once please allow you to have mobility your extremities but the same time you have numbness. Now there’s a lot of risk to this because you could fall the dia… Dilutions are very, very, very small almost impossible to obtain in certain instances. So we don’t feel very safe on that scenario, because you could definitely fall. So I think that’s is part of what used to be… but I don’t think that… I don’t know many hospitals that offer that nowadays.
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