Anna Bogusława Pilewska-Kozak1*, Pałucka Klaudia1, Łepecka-Klusek Celina1, Dobrowolska Beata2, Stadnicka Grażyna3 and Bulska Magdalena4
1Department of Gynecology and Gynecological Endocrinology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
2Development in Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
3Department of the Basics of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
4Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
Introduction: Labor pain is a physiological phenomenon that accompanies every woman during childbirth. From a biological point of view, it is intended to mobilize woman to cooperate with her own body during labor. However, several external factors cause anxiety and a desire to finish delivery with a cesarean section. There are many non-pharmacological methods, which may by effective for the birth pain reduction with no side effects. Aim of the Study: The aim of the study was to investigate what was the opinion of puerperae about the use of non-pharmacological methods of labor pain relief.
Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in the Department of Obstetrics of the Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 4 in Lublin and the Department of Obstetrics of the Independent Public Provincial Hospital of Jan Boży in Lublin. In the research, the Numerical Pain Rating Scale and the original questionnaire concerning socio-demographic data were used.
Results: Based on the survey, it was found that the majority of women were interested in nonpharmacological methods of reducing labor pain before the delivery. More than half of them used these methods during childbirth. The intensity of labor pain before the use of non-pharmacological methods was assessed in a 10-point scale in the range of 4° to 10° (average 8.8 ± 1.3) and after the application in the range of 1° to 10° (average 6.5 ± 1.9). Conclusions: Most women are interested in non-pharmacological methods of pain relief during childbirth. The use of natural techniques reduces the intensity of labor pain.
Birth; Birth pain; Puerperae
Pilewska-Kozak AB, Klaudia P, Celina Ł-K, Beata D, Grażyna S, Magdalena B. Non-Pharmacological Methods of Pain Relief in Labor in the Opinion of Puerperae – A Preliminary Report. Ann Womens Health. 2017; 1(1): 1005.