Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Debra Jenkins

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Rebecca Collier


parturient, labor, pain control options, peripartum anesthesia management, health literacy, educational pamphlet


Epidural analgesia has traditionally been requested by the parturient population as the primary choice of pain control during labor, despite the availability of other viable options (Pitter & Preston, 2001). Viable pain control options available during labor include, neuraxial anesthesia, peripheral nerve blocks, pharmacological, and non-pharmacological measures. Lack of education regarding the availability of various pain control options for parturient women is identified as a cause of missed pain relief opportunities (Vargens, Silva, & Progianti, 2013). The purpose of this project was to develop a pamphlet prototype for an obstetrics department at a tertiary care center in central Illinois, explaining the physiology of labor pain, neuraxial anesthesia, general anesthesia, pharmacologic agents, and non-pharmacologic agents available at the facility for pain control. Information on who provides the pain relief options available in the facility's obstetrics department was also included. The pamphlet was written to reflect a reading level deemed appropriate by the literature and the marketing department at the host facility. After presenting the pamphlet prototype to nurse anesthetists and obstetric nurses, a post implementation survey concluded the pamphlet’s content, look, readability, and usability was appropriate for educating parturient women on the various pain relief options available at the host facility.

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