I had a dose of Nubain to help take the edge off. It lasts for about an hour, and you can't take it too close to delivery because it will get passed to baby. Next time I'm just going to skip it. While it 'helped' I felt like I was drunk.
1/14/13 12:02 P
With my first pregnancy, I wanted to keep it as natural as possible. When I got to the hospital, they didn't allow you to move from the bed once you were admited, so natural pain relief such as birthing ball,warm tub, were not an option. I finally agreed upon a narcotic that helped my rest in between contractions. I was able to cope through a 23 hour labor without an epidural, something I truely had not wanted also. My second child was Au Natural due to a speedy labor. With my third, I am open. I have 4 more weeks to go.
8/10/12 2:31 P
There are essentially pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic options for pain relief.
Non-pharm: movement/ positioning, peanuts/birthing balls, breathing, hyponosis, emotional support, massage, TENS, sterile water injections in the lower back, warm water (tub or shower)
Pharm: - nitrous oxide or laughing gas - stadol, morphine, demerol, fentanyl and other intravenous or intramuscular narcotics either nurse administered or patient administered - epidurals/ combined-spinal-epidurals.
Much depends on your place of birth. At home or birthing center you only have access to non-pharm methods. Some hospitals don't have laughing gas (its more common in canada than the us for example). Large teaching centers are more likely to offer patient-controlled methods like IV narcotics or patient controlled and walking epidurals which you probably won't have access to at many other hospitals. You really need to check with your care providers and your place of birth. It is helpful to know all your options and their risk/benefit profiles well in advance.
I find simkin hugely biased but that is my personal opinion.
7/27/12 2:08 P
I got some pain options from my childbirth class with my son. One is free on the link below, and the other costs $6.50. It was nice to have handy. both are from pennysimkins.com
Simkin's Ratings of Comfort Measures for Childbirth In this 26 page booklet, Penny describes and summarizes research on the effects of 18 different approaches to relief of labor pain. She uses a 4 star rating system to evaluate each approach on 8 criteria - degree of pain relief, percentage of women helped, physical control, ability to cope, relaxation, safety, availability, and estimated cost.
Includes 49 illustrations and an 11x17 inch poster comparing all the approaches. $6.50
5/9/12 8:01 P
What options do I have for delivery pain control other than an epidural? I don't want to go all natural but I also don't want a huge needle going into my spine. Any suggestions?
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