You will remain in your birth suite while the doctor gives you the epidural. When you can actually receive the epidural depends on your doctor. You and your doctor most likely discussed this issue during an office visit. Some doctors require that you be dilated to a certain degree before you can be given an epidural. Once you reach that point, you need to let your nurse know you are ready for your epidural.
Your nurse will infuse warm fluid into your IV to prepare you for the epidural insertion. It takes about 15 minutes to infuse this fluid. After the infusion is finished, the anesthesiologist will insert the epidural. The nurse will help position you on your side and help you to change positions as needed throughout your labor. Your bladder will be emptied periodically by your nurse with a catheter. This catheter tube is not kept in you.