BMC Medicine has a good article about a study regarding pain relief during labor. The study points out that women...
BMC Medicine has a good article about a study regarding pain relief during labor. The study points out that women may be ill informed about pain relief during labor. The research notes that it seems like many women are hoping for a medication-free labor and birth, and are caught off guard by how painful labor and birth can actually be. In the study, of the women who said they'd never use pain relief, over half did end up using some sort of drug-related pain relief. The study blames prenatal providers for not being upfront and realistic with their expecting mamas. This was a weird study to read, because in my world, my experience, most of the women I know say they'd use pain relief if they need to. Many women I know go into labor expecting to take pain medication, with no thoughts of a drug-free labor. Also in my experience almost all the health care professionals I've worked with during hospital births push pain meds and birth interventions; more than they don't. So, I guess I'm surprised at this study. Of course I do know women who say they want a natural labor and birth as well, some have that labor and birth and some don't. I think it's wise for health care professionals to provide correct and abundant information, and then strive to help mamas come to their own decisions. I also think that the same health care pros should offer information about birth doulas and natural pain relief - if you're going to inform mothers it's important to lay out all the options. You might like: Know your mama rights Commonly asked labor and childbirth questions Are you pregnant? Do you expect to use or not use pain medication, or are you waiting to see how it goes?

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