Opinion Sinead Moriarty

Thursday 27 April 2017

In the debate about epidurals versus 'natural' birth, the ultimate choice must lie with mums

Expectant mothers must not allow themselves to be bullied or intimidated into refusing an epidural.
Expectant mothers must not allow themselves to be bullied or intimidated into refusing an epidural.

Sinead Moriary

Astudy claims that women who receive an epidural during childbirth significantly lower their risk of depression after their babies are born.

I once heard someone say that the epidural was the best invention since the wheel. It seems the majority of Irish women agree, with 70pc opting to have an epidural on the birth of their first child.

The search for pain medications in childbirth began a very long time ago. Egyptians used opium, the Greeks chewed willow bark.

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