Category: Maternal & Child Health Nursing

Infancy Period

Infancy Period

Definition Infancy period, traditionally, is the time from 1 month to 1 year of age. Because of the growth and learning potential that occurs, the first year of life is...

TORCH Infections

TORCH Infections

Overview Maternal infections can be teratogenic, can cause adverse effects to the fertilized ovum, embryo or fetus. The occurrence of these infections can involve either sexually transmitted or through systemic...

HELLP Syndrome

HELLP Syndrome

Definition A life-threatening occurrence that complicates pregnancies is called a HELLP syndrome. The acronym HELLP is variation of PIH named for the common symptoms that occur such as: H –...

Amelia

Amelia

When rare birth defects are the topic, the latest name that can be found is “Amelia”. In the older medical terminologies, it is sometimes called phocomelia, however recently, Amelia is...

pregnancy labor pain

Pharmacologic Pain Relief during Labor

Labor is a painful process. Pain accompanies labor contractions for a number of different reasons. Uterine contractions, cervical dilatation, fetal descent and perineal stretching are all associated with pain during labor. The level of pain reported by women in labor widely varies. To ensure a smoother birth experience pharmacological pain management may be used. These techniques include the administration of analgesia to reduce or decrease awareness of pain or anesthesia administration that causes partial or complete loss of sensation. To achieve appropriate pain control and maternal satisfaction, it is important to include women in the selection of techniques that is right for them.

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