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General Anesthesia

General anesthesia during childbirth makes a woman completely unconscious. It is most often used for emergency deliveries. The benefit of general anesthesia is that it works quickly and is more consistently effective than regional anesthesia.

One of the drawbacks of using general anesthesia is that the baby is exposed to more of the anesthetic agents than when using a regional anesthetic. This could cause the baby to be somewhat sedated during and after birth.