“I had a brilliant combination which worked for me: Entenox + breathing; Water (shower); Keeping mobile and changing position; TENS (but just at the beginning). I did not need anything else. I was in a safe, private environment. I felt very secure and free to do what my body was telling me to do. I felt I could be primitive and let go without being embarrassed.”
"During the early stages of labour I used the distraction of walking, baths, relaxing music and prayers! I also used a TENS machine in my first two pregnancies, but didn’t feel the need on my third. I found changing positions helped as labour went on. And I used breathing exercises – seeing each contraction as riding a wave…getting over it, and relaxing between waves. I also used gas and air during all three labours and found it very beneficial.”
“I used the bath, the birthing ball, aromatherapy, music and massage.”
“How I coped:
- A great partner who was thoroughly relaxed through it all and managed to relay my questions to the midwife. He supported me thoroughly so that I believed I could do it.
- Focused breathing
- My mother’s only advice - it is positive pain
- I used a birthing ball much to my surprise on my third – it was great.
- In the weeks before my first, I focused on the fact that women have been doing it for thousands of years.
- I used Tens machine in the early stages of my first labour, but ripped it off for second after one hour (labour was going much quicker). I reckon TENS acts as a good distraction but probably also boosts our own natural pain relief production.
- Of course the best thing you can have during your labour is a good midwife. I had the good fortune to have three of the best midwives possible during my second and third labours. They were professional, extremely skilled and absolutely supportive.”
“I used every pain relief they could give me during labour. However, the best coping method of all was my midwife. She kept me calm and kept my mum and ex out of the room when I really needed to be alone – thank you!”
“I went on all fours ‘bellydancing’. I kept moving … and focused during contractions either leaning on partner or birthing ball.
“I used deep breathing and walking to cope. My body also seemed to tell me to sway from side to side while leaning on my husband’s shoulders, and this helped.”
“I used gas and air, and the shower in the delivery suite was a godsend as I spent most of my time in there.”
“I kept remembering the mantra a friend had given me and repeated it over and over in my head…There is an end to this pain…There is an end to this pain…There is an end to this pain. And there was an end…and the end brought a new life…!”