For centuries women have used a variety of things to help ease the pain of labour and birth. These days, you have a wide variety of options from drug-based anesthetics to more traditional methods such as heat and water. Before you go into labour your LMC will help you make a birth plan, so it is important to think about what methods of pain relief, if any, you would like to use. Each method has its advantages, and some also have disadvantages, and it is important to be able to make an informed decision. You will learn more about pain relief options during labour at antenatal classes, or talk to your LMC.
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