There are instances where a mother may wish not to use medications or regional anesthesia for childbirth or these options may not be available in some parts of the world. In these situations there are methods available that have been found by many laboring mothers to assist in dealing with the pain of labor. Included is a short description of each method and a link for more detailed information on the subject. In an effort to provide views based on good research we have summarized information on the following methods of nonpharmacologic pain relief.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Touch and Massage
Maternal Movement and Positional Changes During Labor