Experience of Pearl Hospital obstetricians with epidural block analgesia
The experience of obstetricians at Paarl Hospital with 2,251 epidural blocks for pain relief in labour is recorded. The incidence of 10.93% among the 20,590 mothers delivered can only be justified if adequate after-care is possible. The one maternal death recorded was avoidable and related to the performance of a procedure when adequate supervision was impossible. An epidural block should be performed only when such supervision is available for a minimum of 30 minutes.