Columbus Community Hospital offers several different forms of pain management/anesthesia for childbirth. These pain management options may be used independently or in conjunction with one another.
Some of the most commonly administered pain management tools for childbirth, include:
- First-line pain management: showers, walking, massage, birthing balls, deep breathing to help the mother concentrate on relaxation
- IV medications
- Epidurals - a pain management method used to continuously deliver medications through a tiny catheter placed in the small of a woman’s back. This allows most women to fully participate in the birth experience, while relieving most of the pains of labor.
- Spinal (Intrathecal) - is similar to an epidural, but the medications are administered with a needle into the spinal canal.
- Pudendal Block- local injections of anesthetic that numb the vaginal area in preparation for delivery.
- TAP Block – the injection of a long-acting local anesthetic into the muscle layers of the abdomen following a cesarean section to help with surgical pain for up to three days.
Columbus Community Hospital
4600 38th Street
Columbus, Nebraska 68602-1800