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Pain relief in labour 

Pain relief in labour
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Pain relief in labour
Author(s):

Eleanor Lewis

and Sarah Harries

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199572144.003.0006
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date: 11 December 2017

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.

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