Springer International has recently published Epidural Labor Analgesia. Childbirth Without Pain, edited by Giorgio Capogna.

This book offers an in-depth examination of labor pain and analgesia with the aim of promoting natural childbirth without pain. All aspects of the subject are covered, including the latest techniques of delivering labor analgesia. Importantly, emphasis is placed on a holistic approach, detailed attention being paid to the humanization of childbirth and behavioral aspects in addition to evidence-based medicine. Potential future developments are also addressed, with discussion of opportunities that have yet to be realized.

The chapter referred to the “meaning of pain”, entitled Sociology of Labor Pain has been written by José M. García de Diego (University of Málaga), Lourdes Biedma Velázquez and Rafael Serrano del Rosal (researchers of the Institute for Advanced Social Studies). This chapter broaches the meaning of pain from two main fields. First of all, the biological meaning of pain may be referred to. Second, we can talk about the function or “social meaning” of pain.

In order to ensure that the text is easily readable for trainees as well as established practitioners, chapters have been restricted to a manageable length and information is presented clearly and succinctly. Step-by-step tutorials and boxes highlighting practical points are used to clarify technical aspects. The authors include both well-established experts and young emerging professionals from various European countries, ensuring an intercultural perspective.

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