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Pain Relief in Labour

The amount of pain that women can experience in labour varies enormously, both between women and between pregnancies. Many women find they need some sort of pain relief.

There are many forms of pain relief for you to choose from with guidance and advice from your midwife. These include, in increasing order of strength:

  • Relaxation and Hypnosis
  • Paracetamol
  • Bathing in warm water
  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Pethidine and Diamorphine
  • Epidural

For further information please read your maternity hand held notes and try to attend Labour in Motion and Antenatal Education Classes. Your community midwife will have information about these.