Childbirth and Pain Relief: An Anesthesiologist Explains Your Options

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Next Decade, Inc., 2001 - Health & Fitness - 91 pages
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Written to help the expectant mother sort through the different anaesthesia (total pain block) and analgesia (partial pain block) options that are available today, this book empowers women to make informed choices regarding pain relief in childbirth. It describes the recent and dramatic changes in pain relief options including new medications, and the role of anaesthesiologists who are continuously creating ways to improve pain relief for labour and delivery to give expectant mothers some control during the delivery process. This book looks at the advantages and disadvantages of anaesthesia and pain medications, covers the physiological changes experienced by the expectant mother as they relate to pain relief, and details natural childbirth options.
 

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Contents

Physiological Changes During Pregnancy
5
Natural Childbirth
11
Births Assisted by Anesthesia
27
Closing Words
67
Bibliography
87
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About the author (2001)

\Sanjay Datta, MD, is director of obstetric anesthesia at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

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