The advantages of epidural anesthesia include almost complete relief from labour pain, in a conscious, oriented and mobile patient. It reduces anxiety and irritability caused due to labour pain as a result of which patient cooperation during labour and delivery is better. Hence the choice of epidural makes the mother an active participant in the labour process. It also makes it easier to carry out instrumental delivery and stitch the episiotomy in a painless manner. Epidural also helps you deal with exhaustion, irritability and fatigue.