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Pain relief in labour is influenced by cultural factors, peer group pressure and personal expectations. Analgesia therefore needs to be tailored to individual needs to avoid dissatisfaction. Methods of pain relief include pharmacological methods and regional analgesia. Decisions regarding analgesia can be difficult to make during labour hence these discussions should take place before hand with adequate information regarding the different methods. At the time of request for analgesia, the anaesthetist should provide the basic details with good documentation.
KeywordsPain relief Labour Opioids Epidural Contraindications Complications Consent Capacity Birth plan
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