The control of pain in labour
- •This paper examines a selection of the recent literature on the control of pain in labour in terms of the source of that control and its effectiveness.
- •Emphasis is given to the effect of analgesia on the mother's ability to control her childbirth experience.
- •Reliable research detailing the effects of more commonly used, less invasive methods of pain control is lacking.
- •The effects of analgesia are considered in terms of controlling pain, effects on the fetus/baby, effects on the progress of labour and the woman's ability to maintain self control.
- •There are difficulties inherent in providing the mother with suitably wide-ranging information.
- •To have the most benefit, research-based information would need to be available to the mother when she is both seeking it and able to utilize it.