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