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Ways to deal with labour pain

Labour can be painful and no method of pain relief is 100% effective.

Talk to your midwife during your pregnancy about labour pain relief options. They can tell you if your maternity hospital or home birth team can accommodate your choice.

During labour you may need less or more pain relief than you had planned. Your midwife or obstetrician might suggest options to help with the birth.

You can prepare for labour by:

  • learning about labour
  • going to antenatal classes
  • practicing relaxation and breathing techniques 

Other things that help are staying active during labour and having a birth partner.

Page last reviewed: 20/11/2018
Next review due: 20/11/2021