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The ideal obstetric analgesic

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The ideal obstetric analgesia will harm neither mother nor foetus.

Some considerations are given below:

  • the pain relief should not interfere with uterine contraction
  • there should be no increase in operative intervention in women given analgesia
  • the respiratory centre of the newborn should be unaffected
  • the analgesia should be easy to administer
  • consider safety, efficacy and cost

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