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Pain relief in labour

Eleanor Lewis and Sarah Harries

in Obstetric Anaesthesia for Developing Countries

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199572144
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607488 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199572144.003.0006

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Pain relief in labour

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• The pain of labour is severe • Effective pain relief in labour is not only humane, but has immense psychological and physical benefits for both mother and baby • Fear and isolation can increase a woman’s perception of pain during labour and can adversely affect outcome • A wide variety of psychological and pharmacological methods of analgesia can be offered to reduce pain • All opiates cross the placenta and may precipitate neonatal respiratory depression at birth • Epidural analgesia is the most effective form of labour analgaesia in reducing maternal pain, cardiovascular work, and anxiety.

Chapter.  2907 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics ; Pain Medicine

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