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Non-regional labour analgesia 

Non-regional labour analgesia
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Non-regional labour analgesia
Author(s):

Sarah Harries

and Matthew Turner

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199208326.003.0006
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date: 21 April 2021

Sarah Harries and Matthew Turner

Pain in labour 154

Factors influencing the pain of childbirth 156

Information 158

Non-pharmacological options 160

Non-pharmacological—summary 164

Systemic opioids 166

Inhalational analgesia 170

Labour presents a physiological and psychological challenge for women. The latter stages of pregnancy can be a difficult time emotionally. Fear and apprehension are experienced alongside excitement. These emotions, both positive and negative, will affect the woman's birth experience....

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