For many moms, the happiest moment in their lives is right after they have their babies, but some mothers can't remember those once-in-a-lifetime moments. Many women choose drugs to block the pain, but often as a result of the medications, even more painkillers are necessary, but there are alternative ways to safely get through childbirth. Katie Davidoff can walk unassisted and pick up her baby, just hours after being given a new spinal drug. With her first child, however, it wasn't the same. Davidoff says, "my first epidural and c-section I was in pain immediately after the surgery." For her son’s birth 48 hours ago, she used the painkiller "duramorph." Katie says, "with Jacob I was walking around the halls and joking that I was going to run a marathon on Sunday." Normally when a woman gets a C-section the painkillers make her miss out on the first moments with her baby. Davidoff says "it was very difficult I don't remember holding her for the first time. It was probably three weeks before I felt like I had enough energy to get out of the bed." Katie will cherish the first time holding baby Jacob forever. "My husband brought him over and I got to hold him in the operating room this time.” Doctor Holland Mason is an anesthesiologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She says, "duramorph makes a big difference in patients almost immediately when they wake up from surgery. They are going to have an improved level of pain control over what they would have had without it." Emily and her family are on their way home, only 48 hours after having a C-section. Duramorph is reported to have respiratory side effects. Check with your doctor to see if it's right for you.
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