Are you considering a pain relief-free birth? It can be off-putting when people dismiss this as an option, and worrying when they say things like, "You'll be screaming for them when the time comes"! And yet there are many reasons why avoiding pain relief in your birth could lead to a better experience for some women or people.
It is important to note that relief from pain is a Human Right, and pain relief in labour must never be taboo, nor should women feel that they "should" give birth in one way or another. Knowledge is power, and when you know how pain relief may impact on your body, you can make an informed decision about what is right for you. Remember that you can always change your mind about pain relief so if you know in advance what the effects may be, you can decide on the day what you want or don't want.
The birth charity AIMS has a valuable Birth Information page about ways to manage your labour (here: https://www.aims.org.uk/information/item/managing-labour)
Back in 2018, Harry Kane, footballing star in the recent World Cup, came under fire on Twitter for congratulating his partner, Kate, on giving birth to their second daughter without the use of drugs. Here, Sophie Brigstocke of Nurturing Birth discusses the #SoProud movement that has come on the back of it - and why anyone chooses to opt for a pain relief-free birth in the first place. Oh, and where doulas fit in!
Click here to see Sophie talking about pain in childbirth and media hype and how doulas can help you if you're considering a pain relief-free birth (or not!).
Do you want to find a doula in the UK or anywhere in the world? Visit the Nurturing Birth Find a Doula Directory to search for a doula who is near to you: www.nurturingbirthdirectory.com