Pain Relief in Labor

This information is useful for adults

Yale Medicine obstetrical anesthesiologist Ferne Braveman, MD, describes labor as a very individualized experience. Some women report severe pain starting with the first contraction, while others breeze through labor without any medication at all. Whether you need pain management for a vaginal birth or for a caesarean birth, there are many options. These range from analgesias, which provide relief while allowing the patient to stay conscious, to anesthesia, which takes away all feeling. You can’t always predict how labor will go, but talking to the anesthesiologist beforehand can help you be a partner in making the best decisions for you.