Peer-Reviewed Labor Pain Papers: A Supplement to American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

See below for a list of authors and paper titles. A series of commissioned papers on effects of methods for labor pain relief and related topics were presented at an invitational multi-disciplinary symposium held at the New York Academy of Medicine in May 2001. This meeting, The Nature and Management of Labor Pain: An Evidence-Based Symposium, was jointly sponsored by Childbirth Connection and the Academy.

Arrangements were made for publication of papers meeting journal peer review standards in a special supplement to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After the symposium, authors had an opportunity to revise their papers in consideration of fruitful discussions at the meeting, before sending manuscripts to the journal. Additionally, the Steering Committee prepared an Executive Summary (click for PDF) describing the rationale for the project, the processes and methods used, and main results and their implications. With the exception of the Executive Summary and a brief commentary, all papers in the special issue were peer reviewed.

The Nature and Management of Labor Pain papers are now published as a supplement to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (volume 186, number 5, part 2, May 2002). This issue is available through the bookstore on this website. The full contents appear below:

The Nature and Management of Pain: Peer-Reviewed Papers from an Evidence-Based Symposium

The Nature and Management of Labor Pain: Executive Summary [click for
The Nature and Management of Labor Pain Symposium Steering
Donald Caton, MD, Maureen P. Corry, MPH, Fredric D. Frigoletto, MD,
    David P. Hopkins, MD, MPH, Ellice Lieberman, MD, DrPH, Linda
    Mayberry, PhD, RN, Judith P. Rooks, CNM, MPH, Allan Rosenfield,
    MD, Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH, Penny Simkin, PT, Diony Young

The nature of labor pain
Nancy K. Lowe, PhD, CNM

Anesthesia for childbirth: Controversy and change
Donald Caton, MD, Michael A. Frölich, MD, and Tammy Y. Euliano, MD

Unintended effects of epidural analgesia during labor: A systematic review
Ellice Lieberman, MD, DrPH, and Carol O'Donoghue, MPH, MSN

The effects of epidural analgesia on labor, maternal, and neonatal
    outcomes: A systematic review
Barbara L. Leighton, MD, and Stephen H. Halpern, MD

Methods and interpretation in systematic reviews: commentary on two
    parallel reviews of epidural analgesia during labor
Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc, and Donna F. Stroup, PhD, MSc

Epidural analgesia side effects, co-interventions and care of women during
    childbirth: A systematic review
Linda J. Mayberry, PhD, RN, Donna Clemmens, PhD, RN, and Anindya
    De, PhD

Parenteral opioids for labor pain relief: A systematic review
(click to download PDFs of supplementary online tables and figures)
Leanne Bricker, MRCOG, and Tina Lavender, PhD

Nitrous oxide for relief of labor pain: A systematic review
Mark A. Rosen, MD

Paracervical block for labor analgesia: A brief historical review
Mark A. Rosen, MD

Nonpharmacological relief of pain during labor: Systematic reviews of five
Penny P. Simkin, PT, and MaryAnn O'Hara, MD, MPH

Pain and women's satisfaction with the experience of childbirth: A
    systematic review
(click to download PDF of supplementary online references)
Ellen D. Hodnett, RN, PhD

Labor pain management in the United States: Understanding patterns and
    the issue of choice
Theodore R. Marmor, PhD, and David M. Krol, MD

The following organizations provided financial support for publication through unrestricted educational grants:

ACNM Foundation, Inc.
American College of Nurse-Midwives
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
Doulas of North America
Group Health Incorporated
Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, L.L.C.
Lamaze International
Maternity Center Association
National Association of Childbearing Centers Foundation
The Permanente Medical Groups, Northern and Southern California, and
    Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
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