Epidural Use During Labor: A Quality Improvement Project
Bryan F. Kapish
Dr. Sheila Q. Hartung
Dr. Bernard Gilligan
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Department of Nursing
Labor is a complex and highly individual process. Anesthesia and analgesia-related preferences are an important element of birth plans and should be introduced and identified as soon as possible during pregnancy so women can make informed decisions at the time of delivery. Fifty-eight percent of women who had a vaginal delivery birth received epidural or spinal anesthesia (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics, 2017). Early education regarding epidural analgesia may provide an opportunity for planned thoughtful discussion and offer women the ability to advocate for themselves in their birthing plan. A quality improvement project sought to assess and implement a change in knowledge regarding epidural analgesia use during labor among pregnant females who attended pre-natal child birthing classes.