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Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital Now Offering Epidurals

Date: 06/08/2020

Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital is excited to announce the offering of epidurals for labor pain management.   Epidurals are being offered in addition to nitrous oxide and intrathecal. An epidural is a procedure that injects local anesthesia in the space around the spinal nerves in your lower back. This is regional anesthesia which is very effective pain relief but often still allows you to move your legs and push your baby with contractions. The epidural allows the pain relief to continue throughout labor and delivery. An intrathecal is regional anesthesia administered in the lower back but for a limited time.
“We know that mothers want choices in their birth plans, and we are so pleased to be able to offer yet another option,” explains Suzanne Norgang, CNM.  “The midwives work with each of our patients to choose the birth plan that is right for them. Some moms plan for hydrotherapy and water birth, others nitrous oxide or epidural. The majority want to wait and see how their labor goes, before committing to or selecting medication. Having a full spectrum of options is always a good thing, because every labor is different, and every birth is unique.” Suzanne and the team of certified nurse midwives at Blue Hill and Maine Coast Hospitals want to emphasize that “midwife” does not mean “no pain medication” or “natural birth only.”  Their goal is to meet the mother’s needs and wishes and help her have a special and memorable birth experience.

The midwives, doctors, and nurses working in women’s health and the birthing unit are available and equipped to respond to every development with the medical expertise to make certain you and your baby are safe.  “I am very excited that epidurals can now be offered in our community. It’s always great to have options that are safe for mother and baby,” shares Maine Coast Obstetrician/ Gynecologist Barbara Mercado, MD.

Certified nurse-midwives and physicians from both Northern Light Blue Hill and Northern Light Maine Coast Hospitals offer complete gynecological services, obstetrical care, full-scope midwifery services, and well women care.  For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call Northern Light Women’s Health in Blue Hill (374-3940) or Ellsworth (664-5650).