Anesthesia Errors and Birth Injuries
Anesthetics and analgesics are very effective substances to alleviate pain of all kinds. And perhaps, one of the most physically painful circumstances for any woman is when she gives birth to a child. In instances when the mother cannot bear the pain, anesthesia can be used.
But the questions remain: are these anesthetics and analgesics safe for the baby? Will it result in some birth injuries? Let’s find out.
The Use of Anesthesia in Childbirth
In childbirth, the two main types of pain-relieving drugs are analgesics and anesthetics. Analgesics are drugs that numb out the pain without totally eliminating all sensations. Because of this, they are administered to mothers with normal vaginal delivery. They are usually administered via epidural or spinal block.
Anesthetics, on the other hand, totally removes all sensations and feeling from the mother. They can even result in unconsciousness, allowing a mother undergoing a C-section to deliver the baby without experiencing much pain. Just like analgesics, they are administered through the epidural or spinal block.
Epidural blocks are somewhat safer, as they are indirectly deposited in the nervous system. On the other hand, the spinal route is more effective as it is directly deposited in the cerebrospinal fluid.
Common Analgesic and Anesthetic Used for Labor and Delivery
To familiarize yourself with the common pain-relieving drugs used for labor and delivery, here are six of them: