Tag Archives: epidurals

A scree on Andre Picard’s recent op ed…

I don’t think I’ve written a post in a while…more than a year?  I’ve been busy.  But something recently inspired me to come out of my “retirement,” and that something was Andre Picard’s piece in the Globe and Mail, “It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease.” It is so egregious, so ignorant and […]

Epidurals and progression of labour

Today I’m going to investigate the claim made by NCB advocates that epidurals slow down labour.  I use the term “today” loosely,  I have a young infant and he hasn’t quite figured out how to be self-sufficient yet. “executive summary” epidurals prolong the first stage of labour compared to opioids for analgesia – but only by 30 […]

Epidurals and Breastfeeding II

Sorry…this post is going to be a TL,DR (too long, didn’t read) for many people so here is the summary: There are only two studies that are prospective, randomized trials of epidural medications and their effects on breastfeeding.  The first, by Beilin and friends (et. al.) found no association between epidural medications and breastfeeding difficulties […]