Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Local Anesthesia for Childbirth
Local anesthesia for childbirth is most commonly given as an
injection that numbs the area around the vagina just before an episiotomy is
done. An episiotomy is an incision made in the tissue between the vagina and
anus (the perineum) just before the baby's head emerges. It is done to enlarge
the vaginal opening to accommodate the delivery of the baby or to help deliver
the baby more quickly.
Local anesthesia has no ill effects on the baby when given prior to
an episiotomy. It does not relieve uterine contraction pain.
November 2, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Genesis HealthCare System | 1-800-322-4762