Resources for Labor Pain During Childbirth
Childbirth Connection's Pregnancy Topic on Labor PainWe provide in-depth coverage through our Pregnancy Topic on options to help you cope with labor pain.
- Labor Pain introduction gives you background information for making decisions about labor pain relief
- Labor Pain Options includes a look at comfort measures, mental strategies, sterile water injection, nitrous oxide, narcotics, and epidural/spinal pain medications
- Labor Pain Tips & Tools includes tips for making the pain relief decisions that are right for you
- Labor Pain Best Evidence tells you what the evidence says about the beneficial and harmful aspects of different options
Other Childbirth Connection Resources Relating to Labor Pain Relief
- Labor Support, an in-depth Pregnancy Topic about continuous supportive care in labor, which can be a valuable part of your labor pain plan
- Resources for Labor Support, a page devoted to additional resources for getting the labor support you need
||Comfort in Labor (PDF), by Penny Simkin, the internationally recognized leader in childbirth education and labor support, shares her wisdom with women, including comfort measures, effective positions, and tips for partners and doulas.|
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Resources for Learning More About Labor Pain Relief Options During ChildbirthAlliance for the Improvement of Maternity Services, a website with extensive information on drugs used during labor and birth. Specializes on the U.S. federal oversight process, with a focus on concerns; identifies dozens of drugs that have never been approved for obstetrics by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are used "off-label" with pregnant women; discusses effects of FDA-approved obstetric drugs; provides a picture of epidural and spinal analgesia procedures; includes resources for maternity rights and informed decision making
Health Canada: Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines: recommendations emphasizing safe, effective, respectful care care, which were developed through a collaboration of Canadian maternity health professionals and consumers; you may wish to read the section on pain relief in chapter 5.
||Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (4th Edition): The Complete Guide (2010), by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler. (See especially chapters 8-10, 12.)|
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn covers all aspects of childbearing from conception through early infancy. It includes information on what to expect during pregnancy and birth and how you can work with your caregivers to make childbirth a happy and healthy experience. It is well organized for easy reading and quick reference. There are more than 45 charts and 150 photographs and illustrations to clarify the information -- more graphic aids than any other childbirth book.
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|Comfort Measures for Childbirth (The 91-minute DVD is divided into 4 sections: 1) Basic relaxation and rhythmic breathing, 2) Comfort measures, devices, and positions, 3) Techniques to help with back pain and labor progress, and 4) Positions and techniques for pushing and birth. The detailed interactive menu allows you to choose exactly what you want to watch the entire DVD, a single section, or even a single comfort measure to learn or review.|
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Epidural procedure pictures, from Patti Ramos, a photographer, childbirth educator and doula
These organizations make referrals through some combination of online directories, e-mail addresses, telephone lines, or requests by mail. You may identify more choices in your area by going beyond the online directories, as some educators prefer not to be listed online. Approach can vary greatly from one group to another and from one educator to another.
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