Obstetric analgesia and anesthesia

S. A. Fields, E. M. Wall

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A number of analgesic and anesthetic options are available for patients during the intrapartum period. Appropriate attention in the prenatal period to patient education regarding these options is imperative. If pharmacologic anesthesia is required, risks and benefits both to the mother and neonate must be considered. If cesarean section is necessary, consideration of regional or general anesthesia is appropriate. Women and their support people should be involved in the discussion of anesthesia and analgesic options. This discussion should begin during the prenatal period to ensure that the woman has an opportunity to make an informed choice. When the woman presents in labor, the anesthetic plan may again need to be revised. Continued patient-doctor communication throughout labor is essential with the woman's preferences, tempered by sound medical judgment, guiding optimal pain control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-712
Number of pages8
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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