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Articles: Pain Relief
Having a baby hurts! You have a lot of options for controlling the pain, but it should always be your choice. Find articles here about making the decision with the research.
Judith Rooks' article on the Safety & Risks of Nitrous Oxide Labor Analgesia will be published in the next edition of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (JMWH). It has been published online ahead of the online publication of the journal issue. Click on the title to read the citation and abstract.
Why is nitrous oxide for pain relief unavailable to most women giving birth in the United States when it is available in so many other countries?
This is the question posed by Judith Rooks, CNM, MS, MPH, a well-known midwifery author, epidemiologist, and researcher.
TENS - a method of labor relief common in the U.K. but little known in the U.S., can act as a block to pain messages to the brain, and also cause the body to release natural endorphins.
As an expectant mother approaching your due date, a concern that looms large in your mind is the pain that you will experience during labor. Will you be able to cope?
Hemorrhoids, which are the abnormal dilation of veins in the anal canal, frequently occur or flare up during pregnancy. Constipation, also common during pregnancy, makes hemorrhoids worse, so try to avoid constipation. Here is an easy, inexpensive, and effective remedy for hemorrhoids from Sr. Angela Murdaugh, whose years of midwifery experience and having to cut corners have produced some invaluable tips: "Take a regular white potato and cut it into bullet shaped pieces about as big as the end of one's middle finger. Keep the pieces submerged in water in the refrigerator. Whenever hemorroids swell and/or itch, just insert one rectally. Can be used as often as necessary and will bring fabulous relief at a very low cost."
As many midwives have found, a doula can be an invaluable resource to a laboring woman and to a new mother. A doula is a professionally-trained supportive companion for a woman in labor.
Can sucking on a sugar solution ease your baby's pain during painful procedures?
Most women experience significant pain during labor and birth, and most American women want and expect to receive some form of pharmacologic pain relief. Epidurals are the most effective method, but there are risks.
The relaxation and pain-relieving benefits of water are well-known; many women who have had babies in and out of water will attest to this.