More in hope than expectation: a systematic review of women's expectations and experience of pain relief in labour

Joanne E Lally, Madeleine J Murtagh, Sheila Macphail, Richard Thomson

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Abstract

Childbirth is one of the most painful events that a woman is likely to experience, the multi-dimensional aspect and intensity of which far exceeds disease conditions. A woman's lack of knowledge about the risks and benefits of the various methods of pain relief can heighten anxiety. Women are increasingly expected, and are expecting, to participate in decisions about their healthcare. Involvement should allow women to make better-informed decisions; the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has stated that we need effective ways of supporting pregnant women in making informed decisions during labour. Our aim was to systematically review the empirical literature on women's expectations and experiences of pain and pain relief during labour, as well as their involvement in the decision-making process.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalBMC Medicine
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Labor, Obstetric
  • Humans
  • Labor Pain
  • Analgesia, Obstetrical
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Analgesics
  • Female
  • Pregnancy

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