Labor Pain: Perception of the Parturient and Midwife Evaluation
American Journal of Nursing Science
Volume 6, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages: 80-86
Received: Dec. 29, 2016; Accepted: Jan. 12, 2017; Published: Feb. 6, 2017
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Catia Borges, Algarve Hospital Center, Faro, Portugal
Claudia José, Algarve Hospital Center, Faro, Portugal
Patricia Sancho, Private Hospital of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
Maria Barros, Nursing Department, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal
Margarida Sim-Sim, Nursing Department, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal
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Labor pain is an organic response which is important to make a correct assessment. Human evolution brought some modifications to the human body and as a consequence, labor pain is a major concern for women and simultaneously a professional matter for midwives. The aim of this study is to describe the perception of labor pain by the parturient and its evaluation by midwives of these episodes. A quantitative cross-sectional descriptive design was used. Non-parametric methods were applied because the sample obtained was not normal. The study was based on two convenience samples, totaling 164 parturients and 18 nurses. The visual analogue scale (VAS) was applied. Data were collected from 575 pain episodes. The age and parity of the parturient are not associated statistically with the intensity of labor pain at the time of hospital admission, as well as the presence of a companion. The level of pain mentioned by the parturients is significantly higher than indicated by the evaluation of the midwives. Midwives with between 6-10 and 11-15 years in practice assess pain at lower levels than nurses with 1-5 or 16-20 years in practice. Conclusions: The midwives underestimate labor pain. It is important to develop greater accuracy in assessing labor pain. Midwives can provide the stronger support if they do a correct evaluation of parturient’s pain.
Nursing, Midwife, Pain, Labor Pain
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Catia Borges, Claudia José, Patricia Sancho, Maria Barros, Margarida Sim-Sim, Labor Pain: Perception of the Parturient and Midwife Evaluation, American Journal of Nursing Science. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2017, pp. 80-86. doi: 10.11648/j.ajns.20170602.12
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