What are examples of comfort measures used for labor pain relief?
What are the effects of comfort measures on labor pain?
What is needed to use comfort measures?
What are the advantages of comfort measures?
What are the drawbacks of comfort measures?
Create a Calm EnvironmentDim lights, peaceful surroundings, privacy, warmth.
Increase Physical ComfortWalking, slow dancing with partner, pelvic rocking, positioning pillows for comfort, sitting and swaying on birth ball (a large physiotherapy ball), lifting up the abdomen, rocking in a rocking chair.
Use TouchMassage, stroking, cuddling, counter pressure against the lower back, acupressure.
Apply Heat (with or without water)Deep tub bath, shower, heating pad on groin or back, heated blanket.
Apply ColdIce pack on lower back, cool cloth to wipe face.
Use Aromatherapy"Essential" oils, scented objects.
One of the major advantages in hiring a doula to provide labor support is that she knows many comfort measures. Most doulas bring comfort-related items with them to the birth.
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