There are a variety of drug-free methods to help control and relieve the pain of childbirth. These methods can provide mental and physical preparation for labor, involve a spouse or support person, and help to familiarize a woman with the knowledge and coping techniques to offset the pain of labor.
Drug-free methods can be effective for some women and are sometimes used in conjunction with other methods of pain relief. Some examples of drug-free methods include Lamaze, Le Boyer, hydrotherapy, hypnosis, and acupuncture. Check with your healthcare team for more information about these alternative methods.