Because labor is a very intense process, it is important that you get through it with as little stress and anxiety as possible. The more stressed and fearful you are, the more pain you are likely to experience. Various techniques, from hypnotherapy to aromatherapy, can help you relax during the childbirth process, so you are prepared for the challenge ahead. Remember, childbirth is completely natural and is nothing to be afraid of. Your body already knows what to do; learning to relax both physically and mentally so you can trust it with the task at hand will be beneficial for you and your baby.

This page is your guide to pain management techniques for childbirth. You can use one or more of these techniques during labor and delivery. We recommend discussing your options with your doctor and practicing the technique before the big day for best results.

"Alternative" Techniques

Pain Management