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Labor and Delivery: Pain control options introduction
Women respond differently to the pain of
labor and delivery. Pain control
options during labor and delivery are a personal choice, and a birth plan can
typically be individualized according to a woman's wishes, but the circumstances
of labor and individual medical conditions can sometimes determine what pain
relief options are indicated. Available medical pain control options range from
pain control medications to nerve blocks and anesthesia. It is helpful to
discuss your preferences with your health care professional in advance so that
your questions can be fully answered and your wishes can be expressed. Of
course, during your labor, your health care professional will assess your
progress and determine how you are feeling. It's fine to change your mind about
pain relief options even during labor. Consequently, understanding the various
options for pain control will help you make an informed decision.
This article describes the most commonly used medical pain relief
interventions used for labor and delivery. All of these options have been shown
to be safe for both mother and baby.