Ambulatory labor analgesia: what does an obstetrician need to know?
Author: Kuczkowski, Krzysztof M.
Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, Volume 83, Number 5, May 2004 , pp. 415-424(10)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:A simple statement that describes the degree of the patient's satisfaction with the pain relief from her labor epidural analgesia has often assessed the quality of labor analgesia as perceived by the patient. Many laboring parturients, midwives, obstetricians and anesthesiologists are increasingly concerned by the limitations of traditional epidural labor analgesia. In general, women dislike the inability to void, the often-dense motor block, the feeling of numbness of the lower body, the total lack of the urge to bear down, and the complete perineal anesthesia. Continuous search for balanced labor analgesia that provides relief from pain, while preserving motor function, has led to the development of an ambulatory labor analgesia technique. This article assesses the validity of various strongly advocated opinions as to whether parturients benefit from ambulation in labor and also reviews the current trends in ambulatory labor analgesia.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: From the Departments of Anesthesiology and Reproductive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
Publication date: May 1, 2004