Natural Pain Relief Options at the Birth Center
We will let you in on a little secret; labor is not easy. The pain and discomfort can be distressing for a lot of mothers. However, it is not unmanageable. There are several natural techniques that you can utilize for pain relief without resorting to medical interventions.
Pregnancy and birth are a naturalprocess, and your body knows how to move through labor and birth.
Do Birth Centers Offer Epidurals?
Epidurals are offered as a pain relief option in hospital settings. It is a complicated procedure that requires a trained anesthetist to access a space in your spinal canal and inject anesthetic material to block pain pathways. It required you to get an IV line, constant vital monitoring, and constant fetal monitoring to watch for complications.
Due to the complexity of the procedure, we do not offer it at the birth center. We don’t have the resources or trained personnel to safely perform the procedure and handle the complications in case they arise.
Why Do Birth Centers Focus on Natural Coping Techniques?
The whole philosophy behind a birth center is to promote natural birth without any interventions. We focus on natural methods to cope with labor pain because we believe they are effective and pose little to no risk for the baby or the mother.
These methods enable you to safely get through labor while eliminating some of the discomfort associated with it. Methods like epidurals can sometimes harm your ability to push during labor, causing it to progress more slowly.
Natural techniques to cope with labor pain:
Here are some of the natural pain relief methods we offer at the birth center:
A lot of mothers like to immerse themselves in a warm water body such as a bathtub during the early stages of labor. It helps remove some of the gravitational force on the lower back, easing the pressure, and alleviating discomfort.
TENS or transcutaneous nerve stimulation is a form of pain relief that uses small pulses of current.
Two small electrodes are stuck to your lower back and then a machine is used to deliver controlled amounts of current onto that area to ease the discomfort of pain.
Getting a doula or partner to gently massage your lower back can help ease the tightness and pressure in your lower back.
Counterpressure is said to be super effective for back labor! It calls for a steady amount of force applied to an area in the lower back using the heel of your hand. Or a similar type of pressure can be applied on either of the hips using both hands. These can be done during contractions.
It helps release strain on the lower back, decreasing the discomfort.
Freedom of movement
At birth centers, you are not restricted to your bed during labor. You can move around, practice labor yoga, and try different positions to see which provides the most comfort for you.
Eating and drinking
There is no reason why you shouldn’t eat or drink during a natural birthing process. Sometimes, having your comfort food can do wonders in diminishing the level of discomfort that you feel.
Certain teas, such as chamomile, can also help soothe labor pain.
We recommend the use of a doula for constant companionship and emotional support. To hear more about natural pain relief options at the birth center, send us a message!