Epidural is a topic we always have to talk about. They are offered so commonly, mothers have to decide just how they feel about an epidural for their own birth. Here is an article written by Dr. Sarah J. Buckley, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering and Ecstatic Birth about the risks of epidurals. The article goes into detail about how epidurals lower the normal hormones of birth, slowing labor and changing how a mother experiences her first bonding with her baby. The article also discusses the increase in instrument deliveries and the risks of greater postpartum bleeding and how epidurals can effect breastfeeding. It is worth reading the article.