Tests and treatments

Anaesthesia for birth or caesarean section

Anaesthesia for childbirth

What is it?

Contractions can be very painful at times. In that case, spinal anaesthesia or 'epidural anaesthesia'can provide very welcome relief from the pain during labour. The medication we administer via an epidural and the technique we use are never harmful to the baby. Nor will the placement of the epidural cause the mother very much discomfort.

Anaesthesia for caesarean section

What is it?

The gynaecologist, in consultation with the parents, may decide to perform a caesarean section. The anaesthesia will, almost always, be administered via an epidural, though using a modified technique. The anaesthesia in this case is stronger and will take effect more quickly so that the caesarean section can be performed painlessly.

You will be able to start breastfeeding immediately after the birth. The gynaecologists, paediatricians and midwives are happy to assist you.

Centres and specialist areas

Pregnancy and birth

Latest publication date: 05/02/2021
Supervising author: Dr Vanoverschelde Henk