Pain Management

There are many supportive measures available to assist you with childbirth.

Labour Hopscotch – make each step count! 
A visual birthing tool designed to aid you in an active birth. Providing structured guidance by outlining 20-minute rotating “steps” to perform during labour. These include keeping mobile by walking sideways on a stairs, or sitting on a stool while being massaged. 

Tens - Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

A hand held device that emits mild bursts of electricity through the skin. It gives mothers the control and can aid mobility and distraction and therefore decrease perception of pain. It also encourages the release of endorphins - your natural painkiller.

Entonox

This is a combination of 2 gases - Nitrous oxide and oxygen also known as laughing gas. It is administered through a mouthpiece only to be used while a contraction is present. It assists with slow deep breathing and you can remain upright and mobile. May cause nausea or drowsiness.

Pethidine

A narcotic injection, a relative of morphine which acts as a sedative. Muscle relaxant, which may lessen pain and reduce muscle tension. Due to its sedative effect, women often rest well between and during surges. Nausea and vomiting can be common, an anti-sickness injection is giving alongside Pethedine to counteract this.

Epidural

Local anaesthetic injected into the epidural space in your lower spine. You are numb from top of your abdomen down. Administered by an anaesthetic doctor. Usually provides reliable pain relief. You will need an intravenous drip to be inserted prior to epidural and require continuous fetal monitoring and be restricted to the bed. A catheter is inserted every 2 hours to empty the bladder. You are restricted to bed up to 6 hours after you deliver.