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Type: Journal article
Title: Management of labour among women with epidural analgesia
Author: Roberts, C.
Raynes-Greenow, C.
Upton, A.
Douglas, I.
Peat, B.
Citation: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 2003; 43(1):78-81
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 0004-8666
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Christine L. Roberts, Camille H. Raynes-Greenow, Alexis Upton, Ian D. Douglas and Brian Peat
Abstract: To assess current practices in the labour management of low risk primiparous women with epidural analgesia we surveyed delivery suites in New South Wales (NSW) that annually provide at least 100 epidurals to 'standard primipara'. Epidural rates among 'standard primipara' at these hospitals ranged from 14 to 85% (median 46%). Continuous epidural infusion was the most commonly used technique (63%). For 'standard primipara' with an epidural 62% of units usually augmented labour with oxytocin, 89% discontinued the epidural in second stage and 67% had policies of delayed pushing. There is wide variation in epidural availability and in labour management, perhaps reflecting the limited evidence for effective interventions to reduce any unintended effects of epidural analgesia.
Keywords: Humans; Analgesia, Epidural; Analgesia, Obstetrical; Pregnancy; Labor, Obstetric; Female
RMID: 0020030682
DOI: 10.1046/j.0004-8666.2003.00018.x
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