Coping with pain in labour

Hormones play an important role in all stages of labour and birth. Here we discuss the impact they have in terms of pain relief and other physical and emotional changes.
This article looks at how your body copes with pain naturally during labour and what you can do to manage and relieve the pain of contractions and childbirth.
Find out about the different options available for pain relief in labour, including epidural, pethidine, TENS and other means of reducing discomfort before and during childbirth.
Find out about water birth and using a birthing pool during labour. Read about what happens when a baby is born in water, when you may need to get out and tips on safety.
Midwives have a range of pain relief options available for home births. Read about your options, including using pethidine and entonox (gas and air) during labour here.
Water can provide natural pain relief in labour and birth. Read more about birthing pools, having a bath while pregnant and using hot water bottles.