Pain Management for Vaginal Childbirth

This information is useful for adults
mother-to-be
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Around-the-clock anesthesia care for labor and delivery
  • Experts in managing complex, high-risk obstetric cases
  • Offering a variety of pain-relief options for vaginal deliveries

As your due date approaches, it's only natural for mothers-to-be to feel concerned about feeling pain during delivery. Childbirth preparation classes can help pregnant women to prepare for vaginal birth, and there are many medical options available to help manage pain if needed.

Yale Medicine anesthesiologists use every safe pain management option available and are skilled in helping women through routine as well as highly complex vaginal births. If you are planning a vaginal birth, it's important to know which pain management methods are available to you. “Each patient has the choice,” says Ferne Braveman, MD,  director of obstetric and gynecological anesthesiology at Yale Medicine, and professor of anesthesiology and of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services at Yale School of Medicine.