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What Pain Relief Should I Use During Labour?

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Sophie Smith
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About 8 weeks before your baby is due, your doctor will sit you down and ask you to start thinking about your birth plan. Your birth plan includes all of those things you would like in an ideal world to happen when you are in labour. Such as who you want to be in the room with you (your husband, your mother), what sort of birth you would prefer (natural, Caesarean, water birth), and what type of medication you would like to help you deal with the pain.

Some women have very precise birth plans, others prefer to go with the flow. The first thing you should know is this: your birth plan is your choice. Having a birth plan is about making you as comfortable as possible during a very physically uncomfortable process. Your comfort is the most important consideration.

The second is this: all of the decisions you make regarding your birth plan will either be made from the comfort of your own home or from the doctor’s consulting room. You will make them without knowing .....

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