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Local anesthesia for childbirth is most commonly given as a shot that numbs the area around the vagina just before an episiotomy is
done. An episiotomy is a cut made in the tissue between the vagina and
anus just before the baby's head starts to emerge. (The tissue is called the perineum.) The cut makes
the vaginal opening bigger. It may be done to help deliver
the baby more quickly or more easily.
Local anesthesia does not harm the baby when given before
an episiotomy. It does not relieve pain from contractions.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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