oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Informed consent for epidural analgesia in labour : review

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Consent for epidural analgesia for labour is unique. The issues of patient autonomy and competence are controversial because of the limited antenatal education that most South African patients receive, and the absence of a culture of structured birth planning. Frequently, such patients are first encountered by the anaesthetist when in advanced labour and limited time is available for explanation. Overall, this represents the most extreme example of obtaining consent in compromised circumstances.

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