An analysis of more than 300 studies showed that epidurals are effective in easing pain during childbirth but also increase the risk of low blood pressure for mothers and the potential for the use of forceps during delivery. Drug-free management methods including water immersion and massage also work and appear safe for mothers and babies, but more evidence showing their efficacy is needed, U.K. researchers found.
Epidural is effective for childbirth pain but carries risks, review finds
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