Learn about comfort techniques for labor pain and learn why they work. Cognitive strategies include education to help you understand what’s happening, visualization, affirmations, and choosing to interpret pain as a positive sign of labor progress rather than something to resist. Gate Control techniques work by focusing your attention on something pleasant (like music, a beautiful view or aromatherapy) instead of focusing on the labor pain – this blocks some of the pain signals from reaching the brain, so you’ll actually experience less pain. Counter-irritants include things like biting your lip – a pain you control – to help the pain you can’t control feel more manageable. And body mechanics involves using position, movement and massage to encourage baby to move into the best position to help labor progress and be less painful.
[Transcription of episode and checklist of comfort measures available at https://transitiontoparenthood.wordpress.com/for-parents/labor-and-birth/comfort-techniques-for-labor/]