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Counties Manukau Health Birthing and Assessment (B & A)

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Labour Pain

 If I need some pain relief what can you give me?

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 Non-medical (non-pharmacological) pain relief

  • Water. We have showers in every birthing room and some baths. Water helps reduce pain and helps you relax
  • Heat packs – We have our own. Safety rules mean we cannot use your wheat bags or hot water bottles
  • Movement and touch. Your midwife will make suggestions of things for you and your supporters to try. If you are on your own, your midwife will be your supporter
  • Music - bring your favourite relaxing music  
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Medical pain relief

  • Entenox (gas & air/laughing gas) in every birthing room. We use mouthpieces (not masks) for you to breathe it through
  • Pethidine – this is an injection which goes into a large muscle e.g. your bottom, or into a vein in your hand/arm through a special tube called a luer (venflon)
  • Epidural. We have a 24 hour epidural service.  Sometimes you may have to wait if the specialist doctor (anaesthetist) is busy with someone else. pamphlet epidural from anaesthetics
  • Other medicines. There is a small group of women who cannot safely have an epidural but need strong pain relief. Your midwife will call the anaesthetist for you to discuss this

This page was last updated at 4:35PM on August 18, 2021.