Long-term assessment of extradural analgesia for the relief of pain in labour. II: Sense of "deprivation" after extradural analgesia in labour: relevant or not?

Billewicz-Driemel, A.M.; Milne, M.D.

British Journal of Anaesthesia 48(2): 139-144


ISSN/ISBN: 0007-0912
PMID: 1252314
DOI: 10.1093/bja/48.2.139
Accession: 040595836

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Ninety-nine mothers who received extradural analgesia, and 95 who received conventional methods of analgesia for the relief of pain in labour, were interviewed at 18-24 months following delivery. An increase of about 2% in the proportion of mothers experiencing a sense of "deprivation" in the long term in comparison with the findings recorded immediately after delivery was noted. This was not accompanied by the need to seek psychiatric treatment.