You should ask your care providers at the hospital about their practices in this regard.
One possible side effect of an epidural with some babies is a struggle with “latching on” in breastfeeding.
Another is that while in-utero, a baby might also become lethargic and have trouble getting into position for delivery.
The needle is then carefully removed, leaving the catheter in place to provide medication either through periodic injections or by continuous infusion.
The catheter is taped to the back to prevent it from slipping out. Hospitals and anesthesiologists will differ on the dosages and combinations of medication.
Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor.