Pain relief in labour

Pain experienced in labour may be relieved by a number of methods. These methods include the inhalation of nitrous oxide, the injection of opiates such as Pethidine and the use of Epidural Anaesthesia.

Epidural anaesthesia is one of the most effective methods of relieving pain during labour while maintaining the mother's consciousness and participation in the birth. It is relatively pain-free to administer and with top-ups or an infusion can last for the duration of labour.

In suitable cases epidurals can provide an alternative method to general anaesthesia for providing anaesthesia for Caesarean Section.

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