Did your doctor warn you that having an epidural increased your risk of ending up needing surgery to deliver your baby? They should have! The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology notes that some studies show receiving epidural anesthesia during labor can increase a woman's chance of a cesarean section 12-fold! That was simply not a risk I was willing to take. Let's explore some of the reasons an epidural can land you on the operating table during birth.
1. Limited to the bed for the remainder of your birth
2. Weaker contractions