Who We Are

LabourPains.com is the public information website of the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA), a UK Registered Charity.We are a multidisciplinary team of professional; anaesthetists, obstetricians and midwives and of course mothers.

We produce free, authoritative and unbiased information for the public about epidurals and other forms of labour pain relief and anaesthesia forcaesarean section. All information is available online and replaces the original printed versions.We also produce foreign language translations of most of our material – in up to 40 languages at present.

The OAA as a professional body also provides education and training for anaesthetists, midwives and other practitioners who care for pregnantwomen in the UK and overseas. We do this through our regular national and international meetings, online learning material and through ourprofessional journal. To learn more about these various educational activities, please visit ourprofessionals’ website.

Meet the Team:

Emma Evans

Kerry Litchfield

I’m Kerry Litchfield, an obstetric anaesthetist based in Glasgow and mum of four.

It was only after I had a baby myself and sat listening to other mothers at the first time mothers’ group did I really realisethat what we, as doctors, say and more importantly how we share information with mothers to be and their families makes a huge difference to them.

I wanted to be part of LabourPains to help develop resources that are accurate, understandable and accessible.

Kerry Litchfield - LabourPains Chair

Vinnie Datta

I’m Vinnie Datta and I work at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in London, and have been Clinical Leadfor High Risk Obstetric Anaesthesia since 2004. As such I am passionate about ensuring optimal quality of carefor women with complex medical problems in pregnancy, and know that appropriate, evidence based informationand education of both mothers and healthcare workers in maternity supports this.

I was thus excited to be invited to join the Labour Pains subcommittee, which continues to empower women to make informed choices and ultimately to have a safe and happy birth experience.

Vinnie Dutta

Kate Stoddard



Fiona Pearson

Fiona Pearson

I’m Fiona Pearson, a mum of two and obstetric anaesthetist working at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Caring for people during their labour & delivery is the most rewarding part of my job. I became involved with LabourPains in my previous role as the OAA trainee representative.

I am keen to help expectant parents obtain accurate information in a language they can understand to support them in making informed choices and contribute towards a positive birth experience.

Susannah Stanford

Elaine Cheung

I’m Elaine Cheung, a London based obstetrician and the Royal College of Obstetricians rep on the LabourPainscommittee. I have a particular interest in fetal medicine, teaching, and high risk obstetrics.I am also trained in medical acupuncture and practise as an honorary medical acupuncturist at theRoyal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, University College Hospital.

I was delighted to join LabourPains in 2017 and love being able to contribute to this excellent resource for alllabouring women. In my spare time, I am an avid knitter (I have an affinity for needles!), keen baker andmother of 2 girls.

Laura Delany

Laura Delany

I’m Laura Delany and I’m part of the secretariat for the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association.

I assist with membership enquires, day to day administration and events.

I support the Labour Pains committee with administrative tasks.



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