While midwives have occasionally encountered cases of painless birth; most women will agree that labour and birth is painful. There are many different theories on the physiological reasons for labour pain. This means that there are many varied ideas about how best to cope with it. Pain is individual. Therefore, the strategies that work best will vary between women, and between different stages in labour.
This section of our site explores both natural and medicinal alternatives for pain relief. We also explore the potential side effects of the use of drugs during labour.