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?
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