Ottawa hospitals unaffected by epidural supply chain shortage


Expectant mothers should be aware that there are other pain relief methods that can be used during childbirth.

Catheters used for epidural kits are affected by supply chain shortage. However, those planning to give birth in Ottawa should not be affected.

Robyn Berman, the chief clinical midwife at the Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre, said Sam Laprade’s show with guest host Derick Fage on Thursday, August 4, that there are many options for labor pain relief, but the epidural is the most well-known.

“I’m sure people are becoming more aware of the shortage or concerned about it, but they need to know they have other options if they have to rely on anything else,” she said. .

Epidurals are a pharmacological method used to relieve labor pain, Berman explained, but there are plenty of non-pharmacological resources as well, and it’s ultimately up to the person in labor to decide.

Berman said other pain relief options include water therapy, nitrous oxide or laughing gas and sterile water injections, which shut down receptors that go to the brain when people have pain. severe back pain.

About 85% of people in labor choose to use an epidural, with that number dropping to around 20% for those using a midwife, she said.

Listen to Robyn Berman’s full interview below:

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