- Moving and changing positions for labor and birth. Positioning can make all the difference in labor progress as well as in comfort during labor.
- Use of touch (handholding, stroking, patting) and Massage, and much more.
- Immersion in water during active labor (as opposed to early labor) when the water is maintained at body temperature.
- Use of Intradermal Water Blocks (subcutaneous injections of sterile water) - particularly effective for back labor, but there are many other comfort measures that can be used for back labor as well.
- Continuous Labor Support by an experienced person (who provides physical comfort, such as relaxation techniques, massage, non-clinical information and advice for the laboring woman and her partner, advise on effective position, heat or cold for pain relief, and emotional support (encouragement and reassurance).
Friday, February 20, 2009
Non-Pharmacological Methods of Pain Relief for Childbirth
Many women are afraid of natural childbirth because they're afraid that by choosing an un-medicated birth they are choosing an incredibly painful birth. This is not necessarily the case if a woman educates and prepares herself for an un-medicated birth. I know this from experience. There are many non-pharmacological (non-medicated) methods for pain relief, and these are just a handful of examples that I thought I'd share today. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more information.