Pain Relief in Labour

We want you and your baby to have the most straightforward and enjoyable delivery possible. Our midwives are trained to recognise that your pain needs may vary throughout labour and will suggest a variety of techniques to help you stay in control. These include the use of:

  • Warm water
  • TENS machine
  • Massage and aromatherapy
  • Hypno-birthing techniques
  • Gas and air (nitrous oxide/oxygen mix)
  • Analgesic injections – eg. pethidine
  • Epidurals
  • Local anaesthetic and nerve blocks

These methods will be discussed at your antenatal visits and will also be covered in the regular ante-natal classes that the Mater Hospital runs each month. Classes are popular so it is wise to book early! We can give you details of these classes at your antenatal visit.