Pain management

The many childbirth options available today allow women to choose the labor, delivery and postpartum methods most comfortable for them. The following methods have helped women manage the intensity of labor and delivery, allowing for a more comfortable childbirth experience. We would like to work with you to provide you with the support and assistance that you desire. You can help us by informing us of the plans you made with your provider to manage your comfort during labor.

  • Work with your support person and nursing staff in breathing, massage, counter-pressure and relaxation techniques.
  • You will be encouraged to change position to help with cervical dilation and help you deal with the intensity of labor. Often, walking, sitting and/or rocking in a rocking chair can be good choices for position changes as long as it is safe for both you and your baby to do so. You may ask your nurse for position suggestions.
  • Feel free to bring a radio with music you enjoy.
  • Medications: Drugs such as Nalbuphine (Nubain) are given intravenously to dull pain. This can reduce the intensity of contractions and allow mom to relax. Intraspinal narcotic administration (ISN) involves an anesthesiologist injecting a small amount of narcotics into the lower back between the spine's vertebrae. The ISN blocks much of the pain and other sensations throughout a wide area to provide pain relief during labor. Epidural anesthesia entails threading a catheter into the space just outside of the space which contains spinal fluid (the epidural space) to administer local anesthetics which may relieve a significant portion or even all of your discomfort. Printed information about an ISN or an epidural is available, if you would like. All pain management with medication must be ordered by your provider to ensure safety for you and your baby.

Learn more about pain management options and healing arts therapy available in The BirthPlace.