Biofeedback for pain management during labour

  • Barragán Loayza I
  • Solà I
  • Juandó Prats C
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Labour is often associated with pain and discomfort caused by a complex and subjective interaction of multiple factors, and should be understood within a multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary framework. Within the non-pharmacological approach, biofeedback has focused on the acquisition of control over some physiological responses with the aid of electronic devices, allowing individuals to regulate some physical processes (such as pain) which are not usually under conscious control. The role of this behavioural approach for the management of pain during labour, as an addition to the standard prenatal care, has been never assessed systematically. This review is one in a series of Cochrane reviews examining pain relief in labour, which will contribute to an overview of systematic reviews of pain relief for women in labour (in preparation).




Barragán Loayza, I. M., Solà, I., & Juandó Prats, C. (2011). Biofeedback for pain management during labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

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