Study released on epidurals' effect on deliveries

February 10, 2011 3:04:03 PM PST
Giving women control over their own pain relief during labor may reduce the need for more complicated deliveries.

A study from the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California finds women who control their own epidurals are less likely to need help delivering with forceps.

The spinal pain relief is normally given at a steady rate but some women are offered a button to push when they feel they need an extra dose. But they still could not go over a certain set limit.

Researchers question whether the small this advantage with the 'patient-driven' pump is enough to justify the cost of new equipment.