Comfort Techniques For Labor

Optimizing comfort during labor and birth can be achieved in many different ways:


Environment:
— dim lights
— peaceful surroundings
— privacy
— music

— familiar objects

Physical:
— walking
— pelvic rocking
— positioning pillows for comfort
— slow dancing with partner
— sitting on birth ball and swaying
— lifting up the abdomen

— “rebozo” sifting

— support from birth partner(s)

Touch:
— massage
— stroking
— cuddling
— counterpressure against lower back
— acupressure

Heat:
— deep tub bath
— shower
— heated rice sock on groin or back

Cold:
— ice packs on lower back
— cool cloth to wipe face

Cognitive:
— visualization
— affirmation
— focusing on the breath
— structured breathing patterns
— non-focused awareness (paying attention to everything you see, hear, feel, smell without focusing on any)
— prayer

Aromatherapy

— scented candles

— essential oils

Vocalizing:

— moaning/groaning

— singing

— grunting

Labor companion:

— partner

— professional doula

— knowledgeable and supportive friends/family

— supportive caregiver

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