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J Nurse Midwifery. 1997 Sep-Oct;42(5):377-88.

Epidural anesthesia in labor. Benefits versus risks.

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University of California, San Francisco 94143-0346, USA.

Abstract

Epidural anesthesia is used for relief of labor pain by 29% of women having hospital deliveries in the United States, a number that has doubled within the past 10 years. Although epidurals provide objective pain relief that is exponentially better than the other pain relief methods, there are many purported complications and side effects. This article reviews how epidurals work, summarizes the literature regarding complications, and presents some of the ethical dilemmas inherent in the use of this technology for labor.

PMID:
9358699
DOI:
10.1016/s0091-2182(97)00052-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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