Managing Back Pain in Labour Using Sterile Water Injections

Up to 30% of women experience severe back pain in labour. In qualitative studies women have described how labour back pain limited their mobility and altered their plans for analgesia use. Injections of small amounts of sterile water into the skin of the lower back are used to alleviate back pain for up to two hours. Whilst much research supports the effectiveness of the technique critics suggest a placebo effect or dismiss the procedure as 'midwifery voodoo'. This presentation will examine the causes and physiology of back pain in labour, examine and critique the research into sterile water injections and describe the techniques, benefits and limitations for use in clinical practice.

This lecture was originally offered as part of the GOLD Midwifery 2019 Conference Package.

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Total CE Hours: 1.00   Access Time: 8 Weeks  
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Nigel Lee, BHlthSci, MMId, PhD
Managing Back Pain in Labour Using Sterile Water Injections
Australia Nigel Lee, BHlthSci, MMId, PhD

Nigel is a Midwife with clinical, education, research and policy experience. The main focus of his research has been on optimising care during childbirth. His PhD research explored the use of sterile water injections for the relief of back pain in labour. His work in this area is ongoing and has contributed to the increased use of this novel, simple and effective analgesic technique in Australia and the United Kingdom. Nigel has also published in the area of normal labour progress, including a randomised trial of labour documentation and management incorporating practice recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and retrospective studies into strategies for preventing severe perineal injury. Nigel is currently a Midwifery researcher and lecturer for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Queensland and an Honorary Research Fellow with the Mater Research Institute.

Objective 1: Identify risk factors for back pain in labour;

Objective 2: Describe the physiology of back pain in labour;

Objective 3: Discuss the research surrounding the use of sterile water injections; and

Objective 4: Describe the procedure and techniques for using sterile water injections in labour.


Australia Nigel Lee, BHlthSci, MMId, PhD
Abstract:

Up to 30% of women experience severe back pain in labour. In qualitative studies women have described how labour back pain limited their mobility and altered their plans for analgesia use. Injections of small amounts of sterile water into the skin of the lower back are used to alleviate back pain for up to two hours. Whilst much research supports the effectiveness of the technique critics suggest a placebo effect or dismiss the procedure as ‘midwifery voodoo’. This presentation will examine the causes and physiology of back pain in labour, examine and critique the research into sterile water injections and describe the techniques, benefits and limitations for use in clinical practice.

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Midwifery CEUs (MEAC Schools):
This lecture is approved for 0.1 Midwifery CEUs through the Midwifery Education & Accreditation Council equivalent to 1 hour. CEUs are applicable for Certified Professional Midwives recertifying through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).

ACNM CEUs:
This lecture is approved for 1 hour of education by the American College of Nurse Midwives. This credit is applicable to Nurse-Midwives, Certified Midwives, Registered Nurses. May be accepted by other certifying bodies.

ACM CPD Recognised Hours:
This lecture is approved for ACM CPD Recognised Points equivalent to 1 hours of education by the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).

CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
Applicable to IBCLC Lactation Consultants, Certified Lactation Consultants (CLCs), CBEs, CLE, Doulas & Birth Educators. This program us approved for 1 CERP (R-CERP) GOLD Conferences have been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07

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