Even if your planning a natural birth, you should do your homework ahead of time on pain management options, just in case.
"Almost everyone uses some kind of pain killer or analgesic during labor. And that can consist of either a narcotic that's given through the IV tubing or an epidural," says Dr. Robert Aepli, OB/GYN.
Pain killers given through an IV will also go into the baby's blood stream.
"Narcotics will depress respirations in the newborn. So the...