Why I loved my epidural

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann shares her experience delivering with an epidural.
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Why I loved my epidural

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I have two boys. Both of my childbirth experiences were slightly different, but unique and wonderful in their own way. I trusted my OB/GYN and when he recommended that I get a little more comfortable when having an epidural, I was a little nervous, but so glad that I took them on as recommendation. It would really allow me to be able to focus on the joy of bringing my new baby into this world, to be able to push and to be able to make decisions as the baby was coming out. Afterwards, I wasn’t in too much pain. I was able to immediately nurse my baby, bond with him and spend a lot of time. Most of the time, if pain medication including an epidural is administered by an anesthesiologist or an OB/GYN, it’s very safe for the baby. Trust your doctors, trust them about your options, but there is no reason why you need to be in excruciating pain to enjoy childbirth.

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann shares her experience delivering with an epidural.

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Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

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A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.  She is a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows including Today (NBC), and KTLA (CW Los Angeles). She stays on the cutting edge through her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel and her private practice.

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