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    3. General anesthesia

    This kind of anesthesia may be given intravenously or through gas via mask. Mothers will be sedated but not to a point where the baby will also be affected, and will sleep but without risk for respiratory problems. This type of pain relief, though, wears off faster than an epidural, says Magpantay.  Why get an anesthesiologist? Although the OB-gyne can very well administer opioid analgesics on her own, it is beneficial to have an anesthesiologist do it and monitor the patient’s response, from the time the epidural or general anes-thesia is given until delivery. It’s for the patient and OB-gyne’s peace of mind—having an anesthesiologist there will enable the OB-gyne to focus on the delivery.

     

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