Labor analgesia in the form of a spinal epidural and or general anesthetic is very safe for mom and baby. The medications used are chosen specifically for this purpose and do not harm the baby. Labor analgesia is usually safe for everyone. However, every type of labor analgesic might not suit everyone. Someone that had extensive back surgery might not be able to receive an epidural or a spinal anesthetic. Intravenous pain medication can be given during labor instead, however, this patient group will require general anesthesia if a cesarean section becomes necessary. Your team of doctors will be aware of your medical history way in advance of your delivery date and a predelivery consultation with your anesthesiologist will be set up to discuss options and come up with the best plan possible.