You can choose from a few types of pain relief for childbirth. These include:
You also can use a combination of these choices.
You can write down your choices for pain relief in a birth plan. A birth plan is a list of what you want during labour. Your personal needs are important when you make this choice. The right choice is the one that feels right to you. Every labour is different. Some women go into labour planning to have natural childbirth and later find that they need pain relief. Plan for what you want. But be aware that you may change your mind during labour.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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