Lecture Description

Coping with Labor

No Pain, No Gain?

Instructor: Henci Goer | Duration: 73 Minutes

Perhaps right behind concern about the health of the baby is concern about coping with the pain of labor. Find out the pros and cons of your options, how to maximize the odds of avoiding pain medication (if that is your intention), strategies for signaling a change of mind in labor, and ways to reduce the likelihood of experiencing an epidural’s adverse effects.

Lecture Objectives

This lecture will enable you to…

  • Describe what’s involved with various pain-relieving techniques and strategies.
  • Weigh the benefits vs. harms of various pain-relieving techniques and strategies.
  • Compare pain-relieving techniques and strategies.
  • Explain why medical personnel and hospitals often prefer women to have epidurals or combined spinal-epidurals.
  • Maximize chances for avoiding the use of pain medication (if that is your intention).
  • Develop a plan for changing your mind during labor.
  • Reduce likelihood of epidural harms.

Lecture Outline

This lecture will cover…

  • Epidurals
  • Combined Spinal-Epidurals (CSEs)
  • Opioids (Synthetic Narcotics)
  • Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
  • Non-Drug Strategies: Medical

Sterile water injections; Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

  • Non-Drug Strategies: Non-Medical
  • Non-Drug Strategies: Any Type and Used in Combination

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Childbirth U is intended to help you make informed decisions about maternity care; however, the information found on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult your physician or midwife before acting on any of the information you find here. While the content of CBU lectures is believed to be true and accurate at the time of publication, we accept no legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made and make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the content of CBU lectures.

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