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Spinal Block

Spinal Block, like an epidural, is an injection in the lower back. Once the drug is injected, pain relief occurs right away. A spinal usually is given only once during labor, so it is best suited for a time close to delivery. A spinal block can be used for a cesarean delivery or a vaginal birth where forceps or vacuum extraction is indicated. Spinal blocks can cause the same side effects as an epidural block and are treated in the same way.

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