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Impact of the Introduction of Neuraxial Labor Analgesia on Mode of Delivery at an Urban Maternity Hospital in China

Hu, L.-Q.; Zhang, J.; Wong, C.A.; Cao, Q.; Zhang, G.; Rong, H.; Li, X.; MacCarthy, R.J.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: March 2016 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 47
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000479527.42027.05
Anesthesia and Analgesia: Regional Analgesia
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(Int J Gynecol Obstet. 2015;129:17–21)

Although neuraxial analgesia is the most effective method for pain relief during labor and has physiological benefits for both the mother and the fetus, its impact on the overall duration of labor and the rates of operative vaginal delivery and episiotomy is uncertain. In China, where there are approximately 164 million deliveries per year, the estimated rate of cesarean delivery in 2010 was >50%.

Department of Anesthesiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

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