Analgesia and anesthesia in labor

Janyne Althaus, Joseph Wax

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Whether given as an epidural, spinal, or combination, regional anesthesia is an integral part of obstetrics in the United States. A variety of drugs and dosages are used in various combinations, with no one protocol exceeding others in terms of efficacy and safety. The availability of anesthesia and analgesia has had an extraordinary impact on the field of obstetrics in the twentieth century. Knowledge of the techniques and medications used, their potential toxicities, and effects on the labor process itself can only enhance obstetricians' management of the parturient in labor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-244
Number of pages14
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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