Few rural hospitals offer obstetric epidural analgesia services and of those that do, there is a paucity of information about these anaesthetics. A retrospective review was conducted of all obstetrical epidurals from 1984-1988 in an 85-bed hospital in Saskatchewan to examine the indications, complications, and infant outcomes. During that period there were 1224 deliveries. From a total of 915 vaginal deliveries, 42 (4.6%) received an epidural. Caesarean sections numbered 309: 183 (59.3%) were with epidural analgesia of which 69 were urgent and 114 elective. The overall complication rate was 23% with the most important being hypotension (12%), dural punctures (1.8%), inadequate block requiring an intravenous supplement (4.0%) or a general anaesthetic (3.1%). Infant outcomes were favourable except for two unrelated intra-uterine deaths preceding labour.