The walking epidural or ambulatory epidural is a type of anesthesia that allows control of labor pains, but without paralyzing the woman from the waist down. This is achieved by decreasing the dose of anesthesia and increasing the dose of opiates so that only the sensory fibers fall asleep and the motor fibers remain awake.
Therefore, the woman can move her legs and even walk during labor to the expulsive phase. This helps the woman to participate more actively in the arrival of her child into the world and to enjoy this moment much more.
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