Snow — at Christmas

Caroline M de Costa
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01481.x
Published online: 3 December 2007

Christmas this year will be marked for us by the arrival of our first grandchild, so as a mother and obstetrician I am receiving a steady stream of questions from my daughter on pregnancy-related matters — not the least of which relate to the use of analgesia in labour. At her antenatal classes, the advice has been to draw up a birth plan: warm baths, movement, partner support, and later, possibly, reluctantly, epidural ... But if I do want an epidural, she asks, will it be available even at Christmas?

  • Caroline M de Costa

  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, James Cook University School of Medicine, Cairns Campus, Cairns, QLD.


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