What is it about?

The roles of maternity nurses and midwives during the labour process is to provide comfort to mothers using pain management that is safe for the mother and fetus. Sensory stimulation is one of the nonpharmacological pain management. Sensory stimulation by aromatherapy, music therapy, breathing control, focusing, and virtual reality are effective in reducing pain in early labour.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that sensory stimuli interventions reduce pain in the first stage of labour including aromatherapy, music therapy, breathing control, focusing, and virtual reality. Each intervention has advantages and disadvantages, depending on the context of the mother and the hospital. Their use can be adapted to each health service’s situation, conditions and facilities and can be used as single or combined interventions.

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I hope this article can give information about managing pain in labour using sensory stimulation in the wide world.

Lutfatul Latifah
Universitas Jenderal Soedirman

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This page is a summary of: Pain management in the first stage of labour using sensory stimulation, British Journal of Midwifery, July 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2022.30.7.396.
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