Epidurals have been in use as labor pain relief since the 1970s. Albeit their widespread use, for long it’s been thought that epidurals slow down the second stage of labor, when the cervix is fully dilated and the baby ready to be delivered.

Because a longer labor is associated with more adverse outcomes, obstetricians usually reduce or discontinue the epidural with the aim of expediting delivery.

But research undertaken by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) demonstrates otherwise, concluding that this understanding of epidurals could be out of date and misguided.

Find out what scientists concluded about epidurals in this Science Daily article:

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