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Who we are

LabourPains is the public information website of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association. We provide reliable information to expectant parents on pain relief and anaesthesia choices for birth.

We produce free, authoritative and unbiased information for the public about epidurals and other forms of labour pain relief and anaesthesia for caesarean births. These are ad-free resources created impartially based on the best knowledge and evidence available.

The information on LabourPains has been written by a multi-disciplinary group of doctors, midwives and parents, ensuring that you have access to information which is trustworthy, unbiased and scientifically proven. To ensure as many women as possible worldwide have access to this information, we produce foreign language translations of most of our material.

The Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA) also provides education and training for anaesthetists, midwives and other health professionals who care for pregnant women in the UK and overseas. We do this through our regular national and international meetings, online learning material and through our professional journal. To learn more about these various educational activities, please visit the OAA website.

LabourPains is run and supervised by a multidisciplinary subcommittee of the OAA with the support of other stakeholders who are interested in improving the quality of information and knowledge resources for the public and health professionals. 
The current chair of the LabourPains subcommittee is Gemma Crossingham who works as an obstetric anaesthetist in Devon and has a passion for improving care and patient safety.

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We welcome comments, questions and queries about the information we provide. Please do get in touch.

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