Pain Management: Resource Overview

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers, and patients on topics related to pain management. 

These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice. 

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Committee Opinion: Postpartum Pain Management
This Committee Opinion, issued by ACOG in June 2018, discusses the various aspects of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic pain management in the postpartum period.

Practice Bulletin: Obstetric Analgesia and Anesthesia (Members only)
This Practice Bulletin, published by ACOG in March 2019, discusses intrapartum medical indications for analgesia and anesthesia.

Committee Opinion: Nonobstetric Surgery During Pregnancy
This Committee Opinion, published by ACOG in April 2019, provides important considerations when performing nonobstetric surgery in pregnant patients.

Committee Opinion: Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy
This Committee Opinion, published by ACOG in August 2017, discusses the role of obstetricians-gynecologists in screening and treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder.

Practice Advisory: FDA Warnings Regarding Use of General Anesthetics and Sedation Drugs in Young Children and Pregnant Women
This Practice Advisory, published by ACOG in December 2016, was developed in response to the FDA’s proclamation of warnings about the use of general anesthetics and sedation drugs in women.

ACOG Opioids Page
This page provides educational resources for providers on opioid prescribing, as well as information about opioid treatment for patients.

External Resources

This online database provides information on drugs and other chemicals that breastfeeding mothers may be exposed to.

DEA Drug Disposal Information
This resource, issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration, contains information about safe disposal of medications.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
This CDC guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who prescribe opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. CDC also offers clinical tools to support providers, as well as a corresponding Opioid Guideline Mobile App that helps providers apply the recommendations of the guideline into clinical practice. It includes the entire guideline, tools, and resources.

CDC Letter on Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
This letter, issued by the CDC to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, clarifies that “the dosage thresholds in the Guideline were not meant to and should not apply to dosing of opioid agonists/partial agonists used for treatment of opioid use disorder.”

Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care
The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care provides tools to help ensure patient safety, including the Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder Bundle, educational materials, and other resources.

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