Preferences for comfort management during labor and delivery are different for each woman. You are invited to consider and explore the pain management options, and select the option that best meets your needs. Your care team wants to partner with you to provide the support and assistance you desire. You can help by informing the team of the plans you made with your provider to manage your comfort during labor.
Labor and delivery comfort measures without medication
Comfort measures and labor support are encouraged and promoted, as they can be the most effective comfort resources you have during childbirth. Your labor partner or coach, and the nurses, will help you initiate the comfort measures you prefer. Comfort measures also can enhance the positive effects of any anesthetic or medications you choose.
You can enjoy relaxing, walking, listening to music, breathing in a pattern, showering or using a whirlpool tub to manage labor pain and fear you may feel during labor. You will be encouraged to change position to help with cervical dilation and help you deal with the intensity of labor. Often, walking, sitting or rocking in a rocking chair or on a labor ball can be good choices for position changes as long as it is safe for you and your baby.
Labor and delivery comfort measures with medication
These medicated options are available for comfort: