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Knowledge, attitudes and use of labour analgesia among women at a low-income country antenatal clinic.

Nabukenya MT, Kintu A, Wabule A, Muyingo MT, Kwizera A - BMC Anesthesiol (2015)

Bottom Line: Unlike in high-income countries, pain relief in labour in Africa is not a well established service, especially in the low-income countries like Uganda.The study was conducted in the general antenatal clinic at the Mulago National Referral Hospital.Obstetricians and anaesthesiologists have a role to educate the women, and to provide this much desired service.

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Affiliation: Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Makerere University and Mulago National Refferal Hospital, Kampala, Uganda. marietessie@gmail.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Childbirth is one of the most painful experiences of a woman's life. Authorities in the fields of obstetrics and anaesthesia encourage use of labour analgesia. Unlike in high-income countries, pain relief in labour in Africa is not a well established service, especially in the low-income countries like Uganda. Little is known about whether parturients would be amenable to labour analgesia. We sought to determine knowledge, attitudes and use of labour analgesia among women attending the antenatal clinic at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Methods: Upon obtaining institutional approval, we conducted a cross-sectional descriptive study. Women were requested to complete the researcher-administered survey following informed consent. The study was conducted in the general antenatal clinic at the Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Results: Of 1293 participants interviewed, only 7 % of the participants had knowledge of labour analgesia. Of the multiparous mothers 87.9 % did not have labour analgesia in their previous deliveries, although 79.2 % of them had delivered in a national referral hospital. The commonest reason for refusal of labour analgesia was to experience natural childbirth. 87.7 % of the participants wanted labour analgesia for their next delivery.

Conclusion: There is a wide gap between the desire for labour analgesia and its availability. Obstetricians and anaesthesiologists have a role to educate the women, and to provide this much desired service.

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Mentions: Regarding attitudes and beliefs, 87.8 % of the participants felt that labour should be pain-free, 10 % that labour pain is natural and should be experienced. Of those with experience of previous labour, 686 (66.7 %) described the pain as severe (Fig. 2). Participants who thought any doctor could give labour analgesia were 967 (78.6 %), and 3 (0.2 %) said an anaesthesia provider gives labour analgesia. All three were multiparous. A significant majority, 1,134 (87.7 %) of the participants said they wanted to have labour analgesia for their next delivery (Table 3). However, even among those who wanted labour analgesia for the next delivery, there were some concerns, mainly that the baby may be affected (54.5 %), the method may not work (23.4 %), among others (Table 3).Fig. 2


Knowledge, attitudes and use of labour analgesia among women at a low-income country antenatal clinic.

Nabukenya MT, Kintu A, Wabule A, Muyingo MT, Kwizera A - BMC Anesthesiol (2015)

Pain scores
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4492001&req=5

Fig2: Pain scores
Mentions: Regarding attitudes and beliefs, 87.8 % of the participants felt that labour should be pain-free, 10 % that labour pain is natural and should be experienced. Of those with experience of previous labour, 686 (66.7 %) described the pain as severe (Fig. 2). Participants who thought any doctor could give labour analgesia were 967 (78.6 %), and 3 (0.2 %) said an anaesthesia provider gives labour analgesia. All three were multiparous. A significant majority, 1,134 (87.7 %) of the participants said they wanted to have labour analgesia for their next delivery (Table 3). However, even among those who wanted labour analgesia for the next delivery, there were some concerns, mainly that the baby may be affected (54.5 %), the method may not work (23.4 %), among others (Table 3).Fig. 2

Bottom Line: Unlike in high-income countries, pain relief in labour in Africa is not a well established service, especially in the low-income countries like Uganda.The study was conducted in the general antenatal clinic at the Mulago National Referral Hospital.Obstetricians and anaesthesiologists have a role to educate the women, and to provide this much desired service.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Makerere University and Mulago National Refferal Hospital, Kampala, Uganda. marietessie@gmail.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: Childbirth is one of the most painful experiences of a woman's life. Authorities in the fields of obstetrics and anaesthesia encourage use of labour analgesia. Unlike in high-income countries, pain relief in labour in Africa is not a well established service, especially in the low-income countries like Uganda. Little is known about whether parturients would be amenable to labour analgesia. We sought to determine knowledge, attitudes and use of labour analgesia among women attending the antenatal clinic at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Methods: Upon obtaining institutional approval, we conducted a cross-sectional descriptive study. Women were requested to complete the researcher-administered survey following informed consent. The study was conducted in the general antenatal clinic at the Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Results: Of 1293 participants interviewed, only 7 % of the participants had knowledge of labour analgesia. Of the multiparous mothers 87.9 % did not have labour analgesia in their previous deliveries, although 79.2 % of them had delivered in a national referral hospital. The commonest reason for refusal of labour analgesia was to experience natural childbirth. 87.7 % of the participants wanted labour analgesia for their next delivery.

Conclusion: There is a wide gap between the desire for labour analgesia and its availability. Obstetricians and anaesthesiologists have a role to educate the women, and to provide this much desired service.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus