Intrathecal narcotics for labor analgesia.

  title={Intrathecal narcotics for labor analgesia.},
  author={Mark B. Stephens and Rebecca E Ford},
  journal={American family physician},
  volume={56 2},
Intrathecal narcotics are a relatively recent addition to the list of analgesic options that are available for the management of labor pain. Pain during the first stage of labor is related to repetitive uterine contractions and resultant cervical dilatation, while pain during the second stage is due to stretching of the perineum. Traditionally, continuous epidural analgesia has been used as the reference standard for providing comfort during labor. Intrathecal narcotics represent a safe and… CONTINUE READING
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