|What can I do to reduce the chances that I will need pain
relief during labour?
Although labour is hard work and does involve pain, it
is not a contest of bravery and you should be prepared to
accept pain relief if the situation deems it necessary.
There is no way to predict how your labour will progress
and how you will cope with it. Even if you already have
children, each labour and birth is completely different
and may provide you with unexpected challenges.
But being prepared as well as possible will reduce the
possibility that you will require intervention. Simple processes
such as taking a warm bath can be amazingly effective at
reducing the pain and stress experienced by the mother.
Relaxation techniques such as breathing and visualizing
can also be remarkably effective. Methods such as hypnosis
have been shown to help but can only be learnt from a trained
professional. The TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve
Stimulation) machine which is used for other pain relief
is now available in some hospitals, or can be hired form
a dealer before labour starts. Some women find it extremely
helpful. Reflexology and acupuncture are two methods that
have been traditionally used to reduce the pain of labour,
with some good results.
So the best thing to do would be to investigate what alternative
methods of pain control are available in your area. Your
doctor and ante-natal class teacher should be able to help
you obtain this information, as well as to give you advice
about what methods have proved effective in their experience.
Pain Relief - Discussion
Pain Relief - Effect on Baby
Pain Relief - Epidural
Pain Relief - General Aneasthetic
Pain Relief - Some Reasons