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Labour can be painful and knowing what types of pain relief available to you, will help you make informed choices about what is right for you and your baby through labour and birth. It is also helpful for whoever is going to be with you during your labour to know about the different options, as well as how they can support you. Ask your midwife or doctor to explain what's available so that you can decide what's best for you.
Write down your wishes with your birth preferences, but remember that you should keep an open mind. You may find that you want more pain relief than you'd planned, or your doctor or midwife may suggest more effective pain relief to help the birth of your baby. Different ways of relieving the pain are listed below:
For more information about pain relief and other aspects of anesthesia for your labour and birth, download our pain relief leaflet or alternatively visit the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association wesbite. On this website the information is also available in many languages.