Epidural analgesia for labor pain is not associated with a decreased frequency of uterine activity.


STUDY OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of epidural and pethidine analgesia on the frequency of uterine contractions during the first stage of labor. DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Delivery ward of a public hospital. PATIENTS Forty consecutive parturients. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS The mean number of contractions in the 30 min before… (More)


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