Tips for Avoiding Pain Medication During Childbirth

Some women prefer to avoid pain medications during childbirth. I’ve had all five of my children with no pain medication, so here are some of my suggestions from my own experience, birth workers, or other experienced mothers.

Educate yourself. Don’t remain ignorant of the childbirth process. You can learn a lot from online resources, or from a childbirth class. There are also a lot of great pregnancy books out there. But knowing how child birth works & what your body is meant to do can help you make informed decisions.

Consider hiring a doula. Doulas a trained to support women in childbirth in various ways. They can help you find more comfortable labor positions, offer massage, or other pain relief methods.

Once you are in labor, ask your birth team to not encourage pain medication. This way you will remain in a positive and self-confident mindset.

Take a childbirth class. The minute I arrived into the delivery room to have my first child, I regretted not taking a childbirth class. Some hospitals and OB/Midwife offices offer them. While I’ve never taken one, I’ve heard great reviews about Birth Boot Camp, Hypo-Birthing, and The Bradley Method.

Research pain relief methods. There are many pain relief methods that don’t involve medication such as massage, water, meditation, essential oils, listening to music, or even laughter. Bouncing on a birthing ball can often help move things along.

What methods did you use to relieve pain during childbirth? What other suggestions do you have?


  1. December 30, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    Great tips! I recently wrote about this topic since I just had my second. The best thing that helped me through it was to have a mantra. Mine was, "I can do anything for one minute." It really helped me get through those contractions.

  2. January 2, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Great tips. I had both my boys without pain killers…one even delivered by daddy on accident! Sneaky little guy coming so fast! Thanks for linking up to Simply Natural Saturdays.

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