Guam - Good news for expecting mothers as labor pains could be less severe thanks to a more sustainable supply of epidurals available on island.

According to OB-GYN Dr. Thomas Shieh, epidurals don't just benefit moms, but dads and families too.

"The key here is that this is the standard of care. Women screaming in pain ten out of ten in labor is not something that any woman should go through. I think what insurance companies should recognize is that this is the standard of care," he said.

Shieh notes that women must first check their insurance coverage and pre-register for epidurals.

He adds that a sustainable supply of epidurals locally may also result in more natural births.