Pain management during your labor is a personal decision that we encourage you to consider before your labor begins. We know that each patient will experience some degree of pain throughout the hospital stay.
Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible while you are in our care. Each member of our healthcare team is committed to helping you manage your pain and this is best achieved when we work together.
We encourage you to participate in the process in the following ways:
- Share the amount of pain you are experiencing with your nurse. One example of how we may ask you to describe your pain is rating it on a scale of 1 to 10. A pain level of 1-3 would be considered mild, moderate pain is 4-6 and severe pain is 7-10.
- Please know that it is rare to have no pain during the labor and delivery process. Many people can tolerate a minimal amount of pain for a short period. Please work with your nurse to decide a level of pain that is tolerable for you.
- When setting a comfort (pain relief) goal with your nurse, it is important that this goal complement the key activities you need to be able to perform during your stay, such as deep breathing and pushing for delivery.
- It is important to report pain to your nurse, discuss the medication options available to you and agree on the medication that is best for the pain you are experiencing at the time. Pain medications most commonly used during labor include Tylenol, IV Fentanyl and medication through an epidural catheter.
- We also suggest non-medication methods for decreasing pain if appropriate for your labor such as repositioning, hot or cold options, walking, birthing balls, counter pressure or showers. Discuss these options with your nurse to see if one or more can help.
- Talk with your physician before admission or during your hospital stay to obtain his or her recommendation for pain control during your labor process.
- Talk with your nurse, physician or charge nurse if you feel your pain is not being well controlled. It is our goal to do everything we can to help you with your pain.
Thank you for entrusting us with your care. We are here to make your labor and delivery process as comfortable as possible.