The Epidural Book: A Woman's Guide to Anesthesia for Childbirth

The Epidural Book: A Woman's Guide to Anesthesia for Childbirth

by Richard Siegenfeld
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The Epidural Book: A Woman's Guide to Anesthesia for Childbirth by Richard Siegenfeld

The majority of women giving birth in the United States receive an epidural during labor and delivery; many others receive a spinal block. The Epidural Book fully explains anesthesia used during labor and vaginal delivery or C-section, with an emphasis on epidurals.

Dr. Richard Siegenfeld answers pregnant women's questions, including
• Who administers epidurals and spinal blocks and when?
• How does anesthesia affect both the mother and the baby?
• Under what circumstances should a woman avoid an epidural?
• What happens during the recovery period?
• What problems can arise?

Written by an experienced anesthesiologist, The Epidural Book is lighthearted and informative. This easy-to-read guide helps an expectant mother prepare for her all-important day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421407340
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/08/2012
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 1,278,312
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard Siegenfeld, M.D., is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Hofstra University School of Medicine. He is also an attending anesthesiologist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 How Our Thinking and Practice Have Changed 1

Chapter 2 How an Epidural Works 5

Chapter 3 Where, Who, and When 9

Chapter 4 The Preparation 14

Chapter 5 The Procedure 20

Chapter 6 The Imperfect Epidural 34

Chapter 7 Side Effects 44

Chapter 8 Uncommon Problems 50

Chapter 9 Rare Complications 59

Chapter 10 Conditions Affecting Epidurals and Spinals 64

Chapter 11 Spinals and Walking Epidurals 72

Chapter 12 Anesthesia for C-Sections 78

Chapter 13 After Your Delivery 91

Chapter 14 Alternatives to Epidurals 96

Chapter 15 Effects on the Baby 101

Chapter 16 In a Nutshell 109

Acknowledgments 113

Notes 117

Glossary 121

Index 129

What People are Saying About This

Steven P. Cohen

"I am a doctor with three children delivered under epidural anesthesia, and I have devoted much of my life’s work to treating chronic pain. I was particularly impressed by Dr. Siegenfeld’s elegant explanations."

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The Epidural Book: A Woman's Guide to Anesthesia for Childbirth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SherryE More than 1 year ago
The Epidural Book is an easy-to-understand book that goes through the various options for pain relief during childbirth. Written by an anesthesiologist, it is very thorough in covering commonly asked questions such as, "How does an epidural work?", "Will it hurt?", "How long will it last?", "How will it affect the baby?", and "What problems can arise?" Most of the book is devoted to epidurals, but there is also information on spinals, walking epidurals, and general anesthesia. There's also a chapter on anesthesia for c-sections. On almost every page, there are cute diagrams which help to illustrate the various points. The Epidural Book is perfect for women who would like to educate themselves on the matter of pain relief before having their babies. I highly recommend it.