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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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