Labor pains can be stronger than pain caused by fractures and as a result of fear and stress can even have a negative effect on the course of parturition. A proportion of 75% of all women in labor use one or more supportive forms of analgesia to relieve labor pains. The procedures used range from supportive non-pharmacological measures, single intramuscular or intravenous analgesics and a prolonged inhalative analgesia up to highly efficient neuraxial blocks. Non-pharmacological interventions are considered to be generally safe but poorly effective. In contrast, pharmacological and invasive interventions are proven to be effective for analgesia but associated with potential side effects.
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