Labor Pain. Review of the literature

Noulas N(1), Papadopoulos K(2).

(1) Department of Anaesthesia - General Hospital of Corinth,
(2) Obstetric Clinic, Messologi General Hospital. 

Correspondence: Noulas Nikolaos, Evgenidou 2A street, Gerakas, 15344, Athens Greece. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




The expected pain of childbirth is entitled to a prime concern for every pregnant woman. It is important for every woman to understand that the labor pain is very strong and according to surveys of Melzack lower in intensity only by burning and amputation. The pain of childbirth is multifactorial and if it is ineffective act harmful to the fetus and the mother. In our days there are many ways to drastically reduce the pain, but not eliminate the experience of childbirth. It is now known that the proper administration of obstetric analgesia results in sufficient suppression of pain and contributes to reducing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, particularly in high-risk pregnancy. The most effective and commonly used techniques, which substantially reduces or completely eliminates the pain and facilitate a vaginal delivery, especially in abnormal fetal profile and a twin pregnancy is epidural analgesia.

Key words: pain; labor; epidural analgesia.