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Pain of Labor and Delivery

  • Sanjay Datta
  • Bhavani Shankar Kodali
  • Scott Segal
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Abstract

Labor and delivery are complex processes resulting in the expulsion of the fetus and placenta from the mother. The cause of the onset of labor is unknown. Factors such as increased prostaglandin production, an increase in oxytocin receptors, and increased myometrial gap junction formation have been postulated as the causes of onset of labor.

Keywords

Anterior Abdominal Wall Labor Pain Cervical Dilatation Sympathetic Chain Oxytocin Receptor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjay Datta
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bhavani Shankar Kodali
    • 1
    • 2
  • Scott Segal
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Brigham & Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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