New Ways to Talk about Labor Pain, 1: Intensity &Unpleasantness

Melzack and Casey* described multiple components of pain: Intensity (they called it sensory-discriminitive): how intense it is, the quality of pain and where it is located – more objective Unpleasantness (motivational-affective): are you suffering and how badly do you want to escape from the pain – more subjective Interpretation (cognitive-evaluation): how intense and unpleasant a […]

Pain Medication for Labor

Addresses nitrous oxide, IV opioids, and epidural analgesia. For each it covers how it’s administered, the benefits – how it helps with labor pain, and the possible side effects. There is also a detailed discussion of labor support for a person using epidural analgesia.

Guide to Labor Support

This is a printable “cheat sheet” that overviews all the tools for labor support and coping with the pain of childbirth. Includes links to lots more information about labor, birth, labor pain and info on epidurals.

Labor Support

Continuous labor support has been shown to reduce interventions, improve outcomes, and improve satisfaction with the birth. Learn about how to provide effective labor support: by learning about childbirth, learning about what best comforts the person you will support in labor, creating an environment where she is comfortable and feels able to do what she needs to do to cope without being judged, watching for Relaxation, Rhythm, and Ritual and reinforcing those, and – most importantly – helping her to feel safe, loved and protected. When someone feels safe, loved and protected, oxytocin and endorphins flow, and labor progresses faster and hurts less.

Comfort Techniques for Labor

Four methods for coping with labor pain: cognitive strategies like visualization and affirmations, gate control – using pleasant distractions like music and massage, counter-irritants, and positions and movement that help labor progress faster and hurt less.