Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Analgesia for Labor and Delivery

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_197

Definition

Pain relief during labor and delivery can be administered intravenously or via the neuraxis as an epidural or spinal block. Intravenous medication is usually not adequate, as it only attenuates the pain but does not eliminate the pain. Epidural or spinal analgesia, generally administered by an anesthesiologist, virtually eliminates labor pain without a loss of consciousness.

 Analgesia During Labor and Delivery

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