UVA Research: Hispanic Women More Likely to Deny Epidural

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New research by the University of Virginia has found Hispanic women are much more likely than any other demographic to deny an epidural when giving birth.

Doctoral graduate Juliane Milburn conducted the study, which she says will help nurses to better understand their patients upon arrival to the hospital. She says Hispanic women often believe pain to be a necessary part of giving birth.

She also says the language barrier and misinformation about medical practices play a role.

"One of the most important relationships with laboring women is that between the primary nurse and the woman who's in labor and their ability to communicate and read nonverbal signals and that kind of thing is really important,” Milburn said.

The Hispanic population in Virginia has grown by about 92 percent since 2000. Milburn says this makes it all the more important that nurses understand these trends.

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