Pain Management in Labor

  • Paul LyonsEmail author
  • Nathan McLaughlin
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)


Virtually all labor is accompanied by pain. Uterine contractions, cervical dilation, fetal descent, and perineal stretching (and, when it occurs, laceration) are all associated with pain. Although pain accompanies all labor, the patient’s perception of and response to pain is highly variable. Providers must be aware of all factors that contribute to the patient’s pain and adequately address each of these factors in order to achieve appropriate pain control.


Pain management Spinal anesthesia Subarachnoid space Epidural anesthesia Epidural catheter 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of MedicineCalifornia University of Science and MedicineSan BernardinoUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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