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The Patient Observer: Sterile Water Injections for Labor Pain


  • Lena Mårtensson RNM, PhD

    1. Lena Mårtensson is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America.
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Address correspondence to Lena Mårtensson, RNM, PhD, School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Box 408, SE-541 28 Skövde, Sweden.


Abstract:  Several studies have reported a good pain relief effect from sterile water injections, especially for low back pain, during labor. The aim of this paper was to illustrate the use of the method in a clinical childbirth situation by means of a descriptive case report. The woman in the report described that the method provided a powerful pain relief effect, measured by a visual analog scale, and that her experience was highly positive. (BIRTH 37:4 December 2010)