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Pain relief in labour: pharmacological 

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

Janet Medforth

, Linda Ball

, Angela Walker

, Sue Battersby

, and Sarah Stables

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198754787.003.0016
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date: 22 October 2019

This chapter considers the pharmacological options which a woman may choose to utilize during her labour and birth to help her cope with the pain. Options are described in conjunction with the current evidence base for their effectiveness and recommendations for safe use. They include nitrous oxide and oxygen (Entonox®), pethidine, diamorphine, and lumbar epidural anaesthesia.

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