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Coping with labour

Advice for labour options at our birth centres

Coronavirus: maternity services update

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we understand that many of you will be worried about the situation and the impact it will have on your pregnancy and care. We have created a list of frequently asked questions to reassure you in this difficult time. You should also read about the changes we have made to our community midwifery services and specific advice for women who are breastfeeding.


Keeping well in labour

You will be encouraged to move around in labour, because keeping upright is thought to help with effective contractions, and promote good positioning of the baby.

Whether you are in early labour at home, or in established labour in hospital, you should make sure you keep drinking water, and ask your birth partner to remind you if you forget. It is also important to rest when you can and eat snacks (if you don't feel sick).

Pain relief options

There are different pain medicines that we can offer you to help you cope with any pain or discomfort you might have during labour. These include 

Coping methods

Most of these methods will help you to cope with labour pain, but will not take away the pain completely. Many of them can be used at home, as well as in hospital.