Pain management during labor can come in many different forms, it depends on whether you want to do it 'au natural' or with the use of medication.
Try and look at all the options well before your due date, as you will probably change your mind several times before finding a method that will be suitable. You may also change your mind at the last minute, so don't be afraid to tell your midwife or birthing partner if your labor pain management plan isn't working and you need to try something else.
Unless your Healthcare provider deems a method unsuitable, you have a whole host of options open to you.
Natural pain management - This can take on many forms.
This is not a comprehensive guide to all of the labor pain management methods available, but these are the most common.
One product that I recommend taking a look at is The 7 secrets to natural childbirth by Loretta Anderson - Midwife, Registered Nurse and Proud Mother.
In her book she will explain how you can discover the pain relieving, tension busting, trauma reducing and drug free secrets of Natural Child Birth.
Sound good? I think so too.
Just remember that whatever method of labor pain management you decide on, it's not set in stone. If you decide that you want a natural birth, and then 3 hours into labor decide that it's not for you and you really need some medication, then tell your birthing partner or midwife. No one will judge you. For me labor really was painful, its just a matter of finding the best way to manage it, Every woman is different!
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