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Early epidurals increase caesarean rate, meta-analysis shows

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 31 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:790
  1. Michael C Klein (, physician
  1. BC Women's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6H 3VJ

    EDITOR—The study reported by Mayor in her news item uses the term “neuraxial analgesia” and claims that early epidurals do not increase the rate of caesarean deliveries.1 2 This is confusing as the study was not of early epidural analgesia, and the oxytocin augmentation rate of 75% at first analgesia makes for lack of generalisability.

    The claim …

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