Nonpharmacologic approaches to relieve labour pain and prevent suffering

Simkin & Bolding, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 2004, 49: 489-504.

Adequate evidence of benefit in reducing pain exists for continuous labour support, baths, intradermal water blocks (sterile water injections), and maternal movement and positioning.

During my own labour I used heat packs, hot showers and baths, movement and positioning, Calmbirth relaxation techniques and breathing, aromatherapy, massage, music, sterile water injections for back pain and had continuous labour support. I had a very positive labour experience and would highly recommend the combination of all of these techniques if you would like to birth naturally.

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