Managing Labor Pain

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Labor is painful for most women. It is possible to have labor with relatively little pain, but its wise to prepare yourself by planning some strategies for coping with pain. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the options in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

There is no way to know what your labor will be like. Pain during childbirth is different for every woman and depends on several things. Some women need little or no pain relief. Others find that pain medicine gives them better control over their labor and delivery.

There are several choices for managing pain. Trained personal labor assistants have been shown to help with pain during labor by offering encouragement and support. Soaking your body in water during the first part of labor also may help with pain.

Other options, such as medicine through a catheter, can be given by a nurse. Pain medicines that go into your back are given by specially trained doctors or nurses. These medicines include epidurals and spinals.

Some women plan to have certain treatment, but then decide they do not need it. Other women may plan not to have any treatment, but then change their mind. Talk to your doctor about your options.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.