Learn About Childbirth Pain Relief at Riverview Health

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It’s normal to have concerns about pain during labor and delivery. Fortunately, there are a variety of pain relief options available to you. To find the one that’s right for you, talk with your OB/GYN about the benefits of each. Keep in mind, your healthcare provider will assess your progress during labor and delivery, making sure you have access to the pain relief you need. Rest assured, all of the medication options we offer during childbirth are considered safe for you and your baby.

Childbirth Pain Relief Options

An OB/GYN at Riverview Health can help you learn more about the following types of childbirth pain relief in Noblesville, IN:

  • Labor balls. This method may be used during any stage of labor until receiving an epidural. Labor balls allow the mother to move in a more natural manner during contractions, which can help the baby move down into the birth canal and get in proper position for birth. Some women find using labor balls during labor to be very effective at relieving back pain during contractions.
  • IV pain medication. Medication may be injected into your IV to temporarily ease the pain of contractions.
  • Local anesthesia. This may be used during your delivery to numb an area in or around the vagina. Although this type of pain relief will make you more comfortable during delivery and if stitches are needed, it will not reduce any discomfort with contractions you may experience during labor.
  • Regional anesthesia. Also called an epidural, regional medication is given during labor to reduce discomfort. The anesthetic is delivered near the nerves in the lower back to block pain over a wide area of your body while you’re awake.
  • General anesthesia. This will put you to sleep during childbirth. General anesthesia is only used during emergency C-sections.

What Are Some Risks of an Epidural?

Though rare, an epidural block can cause side effects such as a decrease in blood pressure or a headache.

Talk to an Expert About Childbirth

If you’re worried about how you’ll handle labor pains, put your concerns to rest by talking with an OB/GYN at Riverview Health. Our doctors are experienced in helping mothers prepare for each stage of pregnancy, labor and delivery. You can request an appointment by calling 317.565.0535 or by completing an online appointment request form.

As part of our women’s health services, Riverview Health offers counseling on childbirth pain relief for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield.