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Epidurals could improve maternal health

Having an epidural during childbirth is associated with a noticeable reduction in complications in the first few weeks after giving birth.

This is according to a new study by researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Glasgow that suggests expanding access to epidural analgesia could improve maternal health.

In the UK, severe maternal morbidity (SMM) has almost doubled from 0.9% of deliveries in 2009 to 1.7% in 2018.

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