It is a common scenario. First-time mom has been in labor for hours, she is tired but determined, doctor suggests, "Would you like something to take the edge off?" The risks of what is being offered are not forthcoming, merely the tempting prospect of pain-relief (perhaps an analgesic, which actually means without (an) pain (algesic)). Mom says no the first time but when drugs are offered a second and maybe even a third time her defenses are wearing, she begins to think maybe she should just give in, and she agrees. Asking a mom if she would like drugs at a tough spot in labor is like waving an ultra-rich triple layer chocolate fudge cake in front of a dieter's nose announcing it just came out of the oven, wouldn't you like a teeny tiny slice? Moms, please tell your doctors, before you go in to labor, that YOU will be the one to ask for pain relief if you need it. And while you are weighing the benefits and risks of various drugs in labor, check out this informative blog post.