|How do you help with pain?
First, it has been proven that stress increases pain. Being in a relaxed setting with people you know and trust helps to decrease stress and pain. We include childbirth classes as part of our care, especially if this is your first baby or first baby not born in the hospital. While we offer the Bradley Method, any method you prefer is fine.
During labor we encourage you to eat and drink, change positions, listen to music, use the birth ball, shower, or birthing tub. We do not routinely use IV's, but they are available if you need one. We do use natural pain relief methods stemming from complimentary therapies, such as massage, healing touch therapy, acupressure, homeopathy, herbal remedies,and aromatherapy. You may give birth in any position you choose, side-lying, standing, squatting, hands and knees, or in the water. A doula added to your support team can be a great benefit as well.