Mother, Fetus, NeonateVirtual Reality Analgesia in Labor: The VRAIL Pilot Study—A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial Suggesting Benefit of Immersive Virtual Reality Analgesia in Unmedicated Laboring WomenFrey, D.P.; Bauer, M.E.; Bell, C.L.; Low, L.K.; Hassett, A.L.; Cassidy, R.B.; Boyer, K.D.; Sharar, S.R.Author Information Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: March 2020 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 26 doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000652860.14694.38 Buy Metrics Abstract (Anesth Analg. 2019;128(6):e93–e96) Pain management during childbirth has long been the focus of many researchers in the anesthesiology field, as an estimated 60% of laboring women receive neuraxial analgesia for their pain. Because epidural analgesia can have multiple side effects, some women elect to have an unmedicated birth either independently or with medical therapies. One option for unmedicated labor assistance is immersive virtual reality (VR) distraction to provide a pleasant environment for the patient as well as a diversion from labor pain. Current technological advances have made VR more accessible than in previous years, and this study aimed to analyze the efficacy of immersive VR analgesia as a labor pain treatment. The investigators intended to discover if VR distraction would result in significantly reduced pain scores for unmedicated labor compared with patients with no VR distraction, as well as examine potential benefits in regards to pain management, anxiety, nausea, and patient satisfaction. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.