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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:

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

Related topics

Preparing your body for labour and birth

Antenatal classes

Staying active during labour

How to be a birth partner

page last reviewed: 20/11/2018
next review due: 20/11/2021