Maternal expectations and experiences of labour pain and analgesia: A multicentre study of nulliparous women

G. Capogna, S. Alahuhta, D. Celleno, H. De Vlieger, J. Moreira, B. Morgan, C. Moore, P. Pasqualetti, M. Soetens, A. Van Zundert, J. D. Vertommen

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Abstract

Six hospitals with large maternity units in five different European countries were involved in this multicentre study. At least 100 primiparae for each country were examined. All mothers received two standardized interviews, one during the last month of pregnancy, and one 24 h after delivery. Maternal expectations and experiences of pain, pain relief, and satisfaction with analgesia and childbirth were assessed by a 100 mm visual analogue scale (VAS). Almost all mothers were seen regularly by an obstetrician or a midwife during pregnancy, had prepared childbirth classes and received antenatal information on labor analgesia techniques. Differences between the five groups were noted in the level of education and socio-economic status. Maternal expectations of labor pain and the answers to the pre-delivery interview varied significantly between the centers, as did maternal knowledge, expectation and ultimate choice of analgesic technique. Generally speaking the level of maternal satisfaction with analgesia and childbirth experience was high; however, epidural analgesia was more effective than other methods of pain relief (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-235
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Psychology(all)

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