By Cat Bowen, Aug. 4, 2020

OB-GYN Kecia Gaither of New York City Health and Hospitals tells Romper, “Spinal and epidural anesthesia are both types of neuraxial anesthesia in which an anesthetic is injected near the spinal cord and nerve roots. What this accomplishes is to block pain from an entire region of the body — the abdomen and legs. It is utilized for the most part during childbirth, but may additionally be utilized for other types of surgical procedures.”

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