- Will be given an IV and IV fluids prior to the epidural.
- Will have the epidural catheter placed.
- After the epidural has taken effect a urinary catheter may also be used.
- Will be restricted to bed as movements are hindered. There are positions for labor that can still be used.
- If your labor slows, interventions, like Pitocin or breaking your water (amniotomy), may be used to speed labor.
- Constant fetal monitoring will be used during the epidural procedure and afterward.
- Some babies will experience changes in the heart rate with any medication, the nursing staff will be watching your baby for signs of fetal distress.