During your labour and birth, you may use physical comfort measures like TENS, massage and movement. As labour progresses you may feel you need to avail of some of the pharmacological comfort measures your hospital or birth centre can provide.

There are several options available to you. As with all medications, they do have some side effects for both you and your baby. Here is some information on the three most commonly available pharmacological pain relief options usually offered to birthing women and their pros and cons. Just click the links below to read a printable summary for each!

Having this information can help you decide on the option that you feel is best for you and your baby. You’ll also get lots of information on these and other comfort measures (and lots more!) in my Gentlebirth workshops.

Louise x


Pethidine – the Pros & Cons

Epidural – the Pros & Cons

Gas & Air – the Pros & Cons