Dealing with pain
Giving birth is accompanied by pain. When you have contractions, your body produces painkillers (endorphins), so you feel less pain. If you are very tense or anxious, the production of these endorphins is hindered. By good breathing technique and relaxation (for example heat and massage) this pain be experienced as bearable. Being well prepared helps you to deal with the pain.
Many women are therefore able to give birth without pain relief. But when the pain becomes excruciating due to exhaustion, fear, or tension, pain relief may be necessary. In these cases, we will refer you to the gynecologist and in hospital they will evaluate with pain relief has the preference. But sometimes suddenly the dilation progresses so fast that pain relief is no longer feasible. This is often the situation when you give birth the second time.
If you choose to give birth with pain relief, there are non medicated and medicated methods . If you want to know more about this, take a look at this folder. The folder describes all kinds of ways to relieve pain during labor. With and without medication. At home and in the hospital.
What can you do yourself?
There are several things you can do on your own to deal with the pain and feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
Pain relief without medication
In addition to relaxation techniques, there are also non-medicated pain relief methods that will help you deal with the pain. These can be applied at home.
Pain relief with medication
For pain relief with medication we have to refer you to the gynecologist in the hospital. We will therefore no longer be able to assist your delivery.