FEATURE ARTICLEReview of Interventions to Relieve Postpartum Pain From Perineal TraumaRobin Petersen, Melanie MSN, BA, RNAuthor Information Melanie Robin Petersen is a Staff Registered Nurse at MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA. She can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The author has disclosed that there are no financial relationships related to this article. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July-August 2011 - Volume 36 - Issue 4 - p 241-245 doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182182579 Buy SDC Metrics AbstractIn Brief As an increased risk for infection and potentially significant source of pain, perineal trauma can negatively impact a mother's postpartum recovery. A variety of nursing interventions aimed at relieving perineal pain are largely based on localized cooling. Unfortunately, these interventions may not follow best practice for providing adequate pain relief or preventing perineal postpartum infection. This article provides a review of the literature related to utilizing localized cooling for postpartum perineal pain relief, suggests clinical guidelines for safe implementation of these measures, and calls for further research for evidence of nursing interventions to relieve pain caused by perineal trauma. When is the best time to begin non-pharmaceutical interventions for perineal pain? What materials should be used? Should your institution invest in commercial cold packs? © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.