Back pain- the back pain associated with an epidural is from the needle used to insert the catheter. Like any part of your body where there’s trauma, there is a soreness that may last from days to weeks but does go away.
Length of labor-studies reveal an epidural slows down labor by 22 min. An unnoticeable amount of time when you are not in pain.
Increased c-section rate-data does nit support this theory.
Spinal cord injury- there is always risk but the risk but a study as recently as 2017 stated serious risks rarely occur.
Harm to baby- the medication used and the method in which epidural anesthesia is distributed in the body, does not cross the placenta, so it does not reach the baby.
Epidural window- an epidural can be given at any time before baby is crowning as long as mom can sit still for about 20 minutes for the procedure.
Pushing- the epidural decreases the sensation of pain but not pressure. When it’s time to push, the sensation of pressure with each contraction will signal when to push.

A conversation with your provider should be had before labor begins even if you don’t plan together one. When you’re experiencing severe pain, it’s difficult to process information.*