Sterile Water Injection 



What are the effects of sterile water injections on labor pain?

How are sterile water injections administered?

What are the advantages of sterile water injections?

What are the drawbacks of sterile water injections?



What are the effects of sterile water injections on labor pain?

The injections relieve severe back pain for roughly an hour.

How are sterile water injections administered?

A tiny amount of pure, sterile water is injected just under the skin at four locations on the lower back.

What are the advantages of sterile water injections?

Sterile water injections:
  • have a short lag time between requesting technique and obtaining relief
  • provide significant relief for a common type of labor pain
  • have no effect on your state of consciousness
  • can be repeated
  • may postpone or make unnecessary the use of epidural analgesia in women experiencing severe back pain in early labor
  • do not limit your ability to move about
  • do not interfere with labor progress or ability to push
  • can be done at home births and in out-of-hospital birth centers
  • can be administered by a nurse or midwife — they do not require an anesthesiologist.

What are the drawbacks of sterile water injections?

Sterile water injections can cause a stinging sensation when given.

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