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Labor Pain Management

  • Ferne Braverman
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Abstract

Childbirth is usually highly anticipated and a happy experience. However, it can be accompanied by severe pain; Melzack demonstrated that only the pain of causalgia or digit amputation exceeds that of labor (Melzack 1975). He also demonstrated that the severity of pain varied greatly among women (Melzack et al. 1984) and 30–75% of parturients characterized their pain as severe or intolerable. Painless labor is a reality for only a small minority of women. It is thus fortunate that pain relief in labor is accepted as part of the childbirth experience. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) emphasizes in their committee opinion #118 that, “maternal request is a sufficient justification for pain relief during labor.”

Keywords

Epidural Analgesia Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator Labor Pain Labor Analgesia Spinal Analgesia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferne Braverman
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  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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