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Nurs Womens Health. 2018 Apr;22(2):116-125. doi: 10.1016/j.nwh.2018.02.005.

Retrospective Chart Review of Skin-to-Skin Contact in the Operating Room and Administration of Analgesic and Anxiolytic Medication to Women After Cesarean Birth.

Abstract

Transporting a newborn out of the operating room after cesarean birth can contribute to maternal awareness of discomfort, anxiety, and the need for administration of analgesics and anxiolytics for relief. This retrospective study analyzed the association between skin-to-skin contact in the operating room and administration of analgesics and anxiolytics to women in the operating and recovery rooms after cesarean birth. Our results indicated a trend toward decreased medication administration for women who experienced skin-to-skin contact and add to evidence supporting the incorporation of skin-to-skin contact in the operating room as the standard of care for cesarean birth. This practice has the potential to enhance the birth experience, promote breastfeeding, and provide greater safety with less exposure to opioids and benzodiazepines for women and their newborns.

KEYWORDS:

anxiety; benzodiazepine; cesarean; opioid; skin-to-skin contact

PMID:
29628051
DOI:
10.1016/j.nwh.2018.02.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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