One of the most common questions I get as a midwife is: what are the best comfort measures to use during labor for someone who wants a natural birth? One basic truth of labor is that it is a lot of hard work and everyone who is planning an unmedicated birth is trying to figure out methods that will help them work through the labor surges. And I’m so happy to be able to share this information with you! Another birth truth is that pain management in labor doesn’t have to mean medications or an epidural, it can also mean incorporating movement, aromatherapy, and other support people to help you cope with the pain and intensity of labor contractions. Everyone’s birth will be different but having a positive birth experience depends, in part, on feeling capable of the work you need to do. So let’s talk about some pain relief options that are available for people who desire to give birth without medications.
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