Specialists anaesthetists are commonly involved during pregnancy and labour when an epidural is requested to help manage pain, or anaesthesia is required for a Caesarean section.
There are many options available for managing the pain of contractions during labour. These range from complementary methods, such as breathing techniques and Hypnobirth, to more advanced medical interventions like epidurals. None of these techniques are exclusive, and no method precludes the use of another.
The 20 minute video below discusses the different options for pain relief during labour, with a specific focus on labour epidurals and on spinal anaesthesia for Caesarean section.
Your obstetrician and midwives will also discuss many of these pain relief options with you during your pregnancy. If you need more information about epidurals or would like a more in-depth discussion of labour pain-relief options specific to your needs, your obstetrician can arrange for you to meet with one of our specialist anaesthetists during your pregnancy.
Giving birth in an environment where you feel comfortable is important. If you feel at ease, you will be more relaxed and less anxious about your 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.
At the Hobart Anaesthetic Group we believe that being well informed about your pain relief options before labour will contribute to a positive and safe birthing experience.