Know Your Pain Management Options
As your delivery date draws closer, it is essential for you to know what options are available to you when it comes to your pain management throughout labor and delivery.
Non-Interventional Pain Management Methods
Some women prefer to give birth without medication, which means they will feel the pain of contractions, but the natural pain control techniques they employ can help them cope better. Oftentimes, women who prefer to go the natural route opt to have emotional support from an educational assistant called a doula
Some non-medicated pain management options include:
- Breathing exercises
- Walking around
- Listening to soothing music
Interventional Pain Management Options
Nitrous oxide is a tasteless and odorless gas that is used during labor and delivery. This medication doesn’t actually reduce pain; it actually eases feelings of anxiety, making the pain easier to deal with. This medication is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask.
An epidural, or epidural block, is the most commonly used pain management method during labor in the United States. With this pain management technique, medication is administered through a tube that is placed in the lower back. You will have no feeling in the lower half of your body, but you will remain completely conscious throughout the labor and delivery process.
A spinal block is a form of regional anesthesia where medication is administered into the fluid around the spine with a single shot. This pain management techniques is typically reserved for cesarean sections.
Birthing Care Services in Henry County
At Henry County Hospital, you can expect a five star experience when you choose to grow your family with our family-centered birthing care services. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff helps your family make the first days healthful and comfortable.after welcoming your little one into the world.
From education to emotional support, we focus on your individual health and wellness. Learn more about our birthing center today.