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Table 2 Further questions regarding knowledge and attitudes regarding the use of pain relief in labor

From: A survey of healthcare providers’ knowledge and attitudes regarding pain relief in labor for women in Ethiopia

Question Response % n
• What level of pain would you expect them to experience?
(n = 164 answered)
No pain 0 0
Mild 15 25
Moderate 33 54
Severe 52 85
Total 100 164
• Why do you think pain relief should be relieved?
(n = 152 answered)
(Please tick ALL that apply)
To relieve pain 66 100
To relieve stress 51 78
To feel confident 31 47
To enjoy the experience 34 52
• Why do you think pain relief should not be relieved?
(n = 40 answered)
(Choose MOST relevant)
Labor is a natural process 40 16
It will make labor longer 20 8
It will affect the baby 18 7
Will cause complications 22 9
Total 100 40
• What types of methods of pain relief do you routinely recommend/practice?
(n = 137 answered)
(Please tick ALL that apply)
None 7 10
Personal coping ability 57 78
Breathing exercises 44 60
Back massage 64 88
Support from family 68 93
Warm bath 21 29
Tablets for pain relief 18 25
Injectable pain relief 23 31
Regional analgesia 6 8
• What are the main barriers for patients to receive analgesia in labor?
(n = 86 answered)
(Please tick ALL that apply)
• Why do you have concerns with using pain relief?
Lack of awareness of patients 16 14
Lack of awareness of medical professional 25 21
Cultural norms 12 10
Pain relief is not a priority for laboring mothers 18 16
Financial constraints 12 10
Availability 3 3
a) It will affect the baby
(n = 79 answered)
(Choose MOST relevant)
It will affect the baby’s breathing 57 45
It will affect bonding 33 26
It will affect breast feeding 10 8
Total 100 79
b) It will affect the labor
(n = 99 answered)
(Choose MOST relevant)
It will stop contractions 23 23
Make the labor unnatural 17 17
Affect the mothers ability to push 33 32
Increase vacuum delivery 11 11
Increase Caesarean section 13 12
Total 100 99
c) It will affect the patient
(n = 42 answered)
(Choose MOST relevant)
Physical side effects 71 30
Patients may feel loss of control 29 12
Total 100 42