The process of giving birth to a baby can be exhilarating, exciting, challenging, satisfying - but usually, for at least part of the time painful too.
Every woman manages every labour differently, and although some have said they are conscious only of a major physical effort during childbirth, the vast majority of mothers report that their sensations eventually range from considerable discomfort to serious pain.
What to look for
Labour itself normally involves several hours of increasingly powerful womb contractions, although some babies can be born in an hour from start to finish. It happens in three stages, the first being generally the longest . The second, when the baby is actually pushed into the world and then the third stage, the expulsion of the placenta. The function of the contractions is initially to efface and pull back the cervix, gradually creating one single passage called the birth canal. The contractions then push the baby down the birth canal and out the mother. This is the second stage of labour and the mother will usually now be actively helping by pushing hard herself. The contractions continue for the third stage of labour to slough off the placenta from the womb wall and then expel it via the still open birth canal. This part of labour is usually accelerated by an injection of syntometrine, a drug encouraging the contractions.
When to seek further professional advice
If you are pregnant you should be in regular contact with your doctor (see pregnancy) once you start experiencing labour pains as described above you should get to your nearest hospital as you will be going into labour.
The hospital may be unwilling to allow a woman in labour to bring a complementary therapist to provide pain relief in the labour ward.
Homeopathy, Western Herbalism, Massage, Autogenic training, Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Bach Flower Remedies, Aromatherapy, Colour Therapy, Shiatsu Treatment and Kinesiology are all very effective treatments to use during Childbirth.
There are in fact about 20 different types of pain relief available for childbirth, though the majority of hospitals will probably have only four or five available at the most.
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