Latest Trends for Mums-to-be to Combat Birth Pain

By Lindsay Morris on April 07, 2011

When a person is pregnant apart from the usual question of what the gender of the baby will be is the question “how much pain will be there during labor?” But there is no certain answer as to how much pain an individual can have, but one thing’s for sure is that pain is always there during labor and delivery. Today, the NHS is investigating in an 18-month study on the effectiveness of hypnobirthing being launched just this week which is hoped to reduce the financial strain on the tightening budget of costly drug treatments such as epidurals. Epidurals are free on the NHS but on private clinics, it can cost hundreds of pounds. So how does a mum-to-be save on medical bills and help the NHS with their budget and still combat pain during labor? Here are some options.

1. Laughing gas

For many women laughing gas will offer a certain amount of relief, said Judith Bishop a certified nurse midwife at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and leader in the effort to reintroduce nitrous oxide for labor. Though the practice has fell out of favor in the recent years and only a few hospitals offer it in the US, recently some respected hospitals including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are planning to offer it again and the federal government is reviewing it. Nitrous oxide equipment is going the hit the markets soon, expected on April. Hospitals are hoping to use nitrous oxide by summer but in the meantime its effectiveness and safety is being reviewed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the US.

2. Hypnotherapy in Childbirth

There had been testimonies from women saying that through hypnotherapy, the pain during labor is reduce and as stated above the NHS is investigating its effectiveness. More 800 mothers-to-be are recruited for the trial of hypnotherapy. These first time mothers will be taught deep relaxation techniques which are believed to induce an almost trance-like state making them calmer and more able to block out pain. An English physician Dr Grantly Dick-Read wrote that fear and tension are responsible for the 95% of pain during labors, and these two factors can be eliminated through hypnotherapy. If the NHS will have good results with this, then they will be able to survive the cut in their budget.

3. Acupressure

A Chinese traditional medical technique based on the same principle as acupuncture, the difference is that instead of needles, fingers and thumbs are used to stimulate specific points. This technique is known to be beneficial for a great number of health related issues and is extremely helpful before and during childbirth. Stimulation on specific has been scientifically shown to be effective in labor pain as well as the total length of delivery time. The benefits of using acupressure before and during childbirth are plenty and includes effective birth pain relief, induces labor naturally and more. Many mothers have been very satisfied with this technique.

4. Reflexology

It is found out that by applying gentle pressure on some points of the feet during labor can stimulate the body’s pituitary gland to release hormones that will accelerate the labor process and reduce pain.

Reflexology is used as an alternative to drugs to stimulate labor and reduce pains. Study shows that reflexology reduces pain levels during labor and that it accelerates the release of placenta.

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