Epidural anesthesia is a well-known local anesthesia that is commonly used to relieve the pain of childbirth. It is commonly used during a vaginal birth, but can be used during a caesarean as well.
As it is classified as a local anesthesia, epidural anesthesia is usually administered by an anesthesiologist, obstetrician, or a nurse-anesthetist. This is done by inserting a sterile needle and an epidural catheter into the lower back spinal cord while the back is in an arch position.
Before delivery, it is common to lessen the dosage of the epidural anesthesia so that mothers are able to feel when they are pushing. In caesarian delivery, the epidural catheter will have to stay in place until after delivery.
Unfortunately, if a doctor makes an error while administering epidural anesthesia, it can cause brain damage that leads to a baby developing cerebral palsy. If your baby has been the victim of such an anesthesia error, talk with an attorney at The Driscoll Firm by calling (800) 305-9800 and find out how we may be able to help you.