Documenting risk: A comparison of policy and information pamphlets for using epidural or water in labour.

@article{Newnham2015DocumentingRA,
  title={Documenting risk: A comparison of policy and information pamphlets for using epidural or water in labour.},
  author={Elizabeth C. Newnham and Lois V. McKellar and Jan I. Pincombe},
  journal={Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives},
  year={2015},
  volume={28 3},
  pages={221-7}
}
BACKGROUND Approximately 30% of Australian women use epidural analgesia for pain relief in labour, and its use is increasing. While epidural analgesia is considered a safe option from an anaesthetic point of view, its use transfers a labouring woman out of the category of 'normal' labour and increases her risk of intervention. Judicious use of epidural may be beneficial in particular situations, but its current common use needs to be assessed more closely. This has not yet been explored in the… CONTINUE READING