Natural pain relief during labour

These are my 13 Strategies to Reduce Unnecessary Pain in Labour. In my books and DVds I go through each one in detail, telling you how you can use these strategies to have a drug-free birth with less pain, and reduce your chances of unnecessary medical intervention.

1. To labour without the presence of fear

2. Education about labour and delivery

3. A quiet, calm environment

4. Only medically necessary interventions

5. A Midwife or Dr that supports your wish to have a natural birth

6. Physical comfort

7. Emotional support

8. Food and water

9. Freedom to move around and change positions

10.Rhythmic breathing

11.Positive visualization

12.Your body’s powerful pain relieving hormones: Endorphins

13. Rituals

1.To labour without the presence of fear or anxiety

This is number one for good reason. Fear and anxiety can affect every part of your labour and cause unnecessary pain and birth complications. We’ll be spending a lot of time on this, as I firmly believe that transforming your fears into concentrated excitement and confidence is the key to a natural birth.

Fear in labour can cause your labour to become stalled or dysfunctional—a process called the fear-tension-pain cycle1. The audio CDs and workbook activities in this course have all been developed to help you learn skills to transform this negative cycle into what others have called ‘orgasmic birth’2 and what I call the comfort-focus-joy cycle. In the chapter Causes of Pain in Labour we’ll cover this topic in greater detail, but here I would like to give a few small tips to use during the birth:

•Don’t think past the very contraction you are experiencing. Maintaining your focus on the present moment will, believe it or not, allow your body to relax and do what it does naturally.

•Rest your mind in-between contractions. If you worry about the next one or are still upset about the one that just past, then you won’t get a much needed rest in between. Find ways to distract yourself, such as music, walking, rocking, massage, positive visualization and affirmations.

•Make noise. Deep low sounds or moans, rather than screams, will help you stay focused and not get caught up in fear and anxiety.

2. Education about labour and delivery

The second biggest cause of pain in labour and birth complications is a lack of education about common events and interventions that you might be faced with during the birth of your baby. When things don’t go as you expected, fear will arise easily unless you are informed about what options are open to you. The education I’m talking about prepares you to deal with situations as they arise, which reduces fear and anxiety, and thereby reduces pain.

I encourage you to learn what all of your choices are and what your rights are in the hospital where you will give birth. If you choose to give birth at home, you may be transferred to a hospital, so you would be wise to educate yourself about the hospital’s common practices—and your midwife’s or doctor’s practices.

This book and the Birthpartner’s Pocket Guide will also help you educate yourself and make plans. This education will greatly increase the likelihood that you will have a more positive birth experience because you feel confident in your ability to make more informed choices that work best for you and your baby.

Knowledge is power. Please don’t just walk into the hospital and hope for the best—I can’t image how scary that would be—instead, learn as much as you can. Take a good natural childbirth class, such as the Peaceful Birth Complete Online Natural Childbirth Course


To read the other 11 strategies to reduce pain, please purchase the course.


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Hello Mothers and Mothers to be,

I’m Elizabeth MacKay RM,MH,CHt 

 I am a retired midwife and natural birthing instructor. I have spent years putting this online prenatal course together, for women like yourself, who are interested in natural childbirth. You will go into labour as fully prepared as possible, knowing that you have done all you can to have an enjoyable birthing process and ensure the safety of your newborn child.

Whether you are planning a hospital birth or a home birth the goal is that you and your baby will have a positive birth experience.

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I found that all of the breathing and relaxation techniques were really helpful during labour, especially when things started to get more intense.

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Because it was my first child, I wanted to be really well prepared for labour. The most valuable thing for me, about taking Elizabeth’s classes was that it removed ALL the fears that I had about childbirth. I was able to easily remain “calm and focused” throughout my labour. Rebecca Bone


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I would have been so scared if it wasn't for all the information and help you gave me.

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I'll never forget you - you brought my beautiful daughter in to this world, It was a very peaceful delivery (though at the hospital and induced) but my daughter is like a little buddha. she is so sensitive, compassionate, with empathy. I like to think your contribution to the start of her life made some impact on her approach to the world. Thank you.

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It definitely has given me the information I needed to confidently support my wife in labour.



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