Find some distractions in the early stages, such as a book, music, etc. Waiting for contractions
creates tension. So cover up your clocks and watches and get distracted by something :)
Water is a drug-free form of pain relief in labour. It works best when you can get your bump covered. Also, make sure the water is warm but not hot.
Sometimes, water can slow down
labour, especially if used too early.
Birth pools are available at most maternity units.
A TENS machine is a
device that transmits mild electric impulses to pads on your back. This blocks the pain signals and helps your body to release endorphins.
Making a noise
Make some noise! It is well known that making a noise is an effective form of pain relief.
Being Assertive - Making Decisions
When making decisions, ask
What are the Benefits?
What are the Risks?
What do my Instincts tell me?
What are the Alternatives?
What if we do Nothing for a while?
Use the acronym BRIAN (or BRAIN).
The birth space
To make your birth space your own and make it as comfortable as possible you might wish to take your own pillow(s), blanket(s), music, drinks and snacks. It might also help to change & adjust the lighting in the room or the room temperature. You may also ask for equipment e.g. birth ball.
There are many types of complementary therapies available:
Acupuncture, aromatherapy (available in most birth units) homeopathy, massage, self-hypnosis and yoga.
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