I was hoping to get input from some labor and delivery nurses on pain during birth. I'm researching the negative effects of pain during labor on the mother and fetus. I can't find anything that states what complications can happen if the mom has excessive fear, pain and anxiety during labor. So far I have come up with:
Cardiovascular- increased heart rate and O2 consumption can lead to decreased placental perfusion
Metabolic- physical work of labor combined with increased metabolism leads to metabolic acidosis
Respiratory- hyperventilation can lead to fetal compromise, dizzy, lightheaded and impaired thinking
Can anyone add to this or point me in the right direction, my book does a terrible job and when I search the internet there is endless articles on the disadvantages of an epidural. I think I found about 10 advantages of epidurals and that's it...