Pain Relief During Labour

Most women use a range of ways to cope with pain during labour. It is a good idea to have an open mind and be flexible. At your antenatal class the midwife will tell you what options are available to reduce labour pain. If you need more information about epidurals (an injection into your back to numb the lower half of your body), the midwife or your obstetrician can arrange for you to meet an anaesthetist to talk about this.

Giving birth in an environment where you feel comfortable is important. If you feel at ease, you may be more relaxed and less anxious about labour. This can help to reduce the amount of pain you feel. Having a friend or birth partner with you while you are in labour can also be helpful.

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