Local-Regional Anesthesia during Childbirth: Effect on Newborn Behaviors

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Science  15 Nov 1974:
Vol. 186, Issue 4164, pp. 634-635
DOI: 10.1126/science.186.4164.634


Administration of local-regional anesthesia during norgnal deliveries was correlated significantly with newborn behaviors as evaluated by the Brazelton neonatal assessment scale. Three days after birth, infants whose mothers received local-regional anesthesia were more irritable and motorically less mature than those infants whose mothers were not medicated.