(uplifting music) – Hello, my name is Tammy Ferney. I’m a Registered Nurse
and Clinical Educator at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Today, I’m gonna talk to
you about natural ways of relieving pain during
the labor process. Changing positions in labor is essential to provide comfort,
relaxation and relief of pain. It alters the relationship
between the baby and the pelvis and actually increases the effectiveness of your
uterine contractions. There’s no one magical
position for everyone. You, your support person and your nurse will find the positions that
are best for you and your baby. (uplifting music) Walking during the early stages of labor is especially helpful. It allows gravity to work,
keeps the mother upright and allows the fetal head to come down into position in the pelvis. For moms who need continuous
fetal heart monitoring, we can use a wireless
system so that we can put the cables into a
wireless box and the nurses can see the fetal heart
rate at their stations. The support person or the
nurse walking with the mom can also listen to the
fetal heart rate as we move, so we can continue ambulation and walking. (uplifting music) The next position we’re
going to talk about is side lying in the birthing bed. This position is useful
in both the early stages and the more active stages of labor, especially when mother needs
to resume a position of rest. Get yourself comfortable
using lots of pillows and it doesn’t matter
which side you’re on. We can also use a pillow between the knees to help open up the pelvis
and give you comfort. Remember that relaxation
techniques are also very important. Another tool we can use
in the side lying position is what we call the peanut pillow. This is used in a little
bit later stages of birthing to help the mother’s pelvis
get ready for the birth of that baby and the
descent through the pelvis. While in this side lying position, it’s also a great tool to
have the support person or nurse use gentle massage
on the back and the hips. This can be done by using
the palm of the hand to give that massage. You can also take a spot on the lower back and put counter pressure
during the contraction. This helps relieve back
pain when the infant’s position is again in the posterior. Another method of giving counter pressure is using the fist. Taking the fist, mom will help direct you, and giving counter
pressure on that lower back helping to relieve the pressure from the back of that baby’s head. As you progress into labor
into the later stages, you may need more rest and support. We can still do that
by sitting the bed up, keeping your knees in
a comfortable position and supporting the head and neck. Another very useful position is to use the hands and knees position. This is where you will
get on the birthing bed, we lower the foot of the bed and you lean on a smaller birthing ball. This allows you to rock your pelvis, back and forth once again, helping to rotate the infant’s head. (uplifting music) Standing at the bedside is
a great method of keeping mother upright and using
gravity as your friend. Mom can put her hands on her
support person’s shoulder and we do what we call the slow dance. Rock back and forth, stay relaxed. Support person can also use back massage putting counter pressure and
also hip pressure and massage. You can use massage
oils or massage lotions. (uplifting music) The birthing ball’s
another very useful tool during the labor process. As you can see, again
it keeps mother upright, and we use gravity as our friend. The most important thing
is to keep you safe while on the birthing ball. Make sure you have a
support person standing near you at all times and
also that the birthing ball is the right size for your height. We like to use the birthing
balls to help rock your pelvis and this helps the baby’s
head rotate into position. We can accomplish that
by going side to side or front to back. You see what feels best for you. It’s also a very nice position to get comfortable and relaxed. You can use a pillow
at the side of the bed. Your support person or nurse can also use massage oils and lotions
to massage the lower back. Also, putting counter
pressure on the lower back and massaging the hips. (uplifting music) This is a great time
to use other relaxation and comfort resources. You can use your favorite music. Bring music that helps you
to be calm and relaxed. You can use heat pads,
either on your back, your neck, wherever it feels good for you. You can also use aroma therapy and we can do that by having aroma balls, cotton balls soaked with
your favorite essential oil. The only thing we ask is
that you do not burn candles. You can also use guided
imagery, where you think of your most favorite
pleasant event or experience. All of these things help keep you relaxed and help the progress of your labor. (uplifting music)

58 thoughts on “Managing Pain During Labor without Medication”

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  2. none of this worked for me. dry labor was so bad I nearly crawled on the floor. I was sweating everywhere and screaming every time I had a contraction.

  3. Great information! But could you PLEASE not act or sound like your reading from a card! It makes me uneasy. Lol

  4. Great tips and techniques thanks for sharing. Tammy's voice was very soothing. Clear and easy to understand. #birthinglittlehumans

  5. Due on the 19th. Really any day now. Its my 3rd. And I want to try to go without the epidural for the first time! I'm at a 3 and 50% a faced 🙌🏽🙏🏽 praying I can make it with out med!

  6. i just found out yesterday that me and my husband are pregnant with our first kid 🙂 idk if i want to go all natural or use epidural.

  7. Having my little one in just 6 short weeks going in with scriptures , worship music and tons of prayers and positive vibes and these awesome techniques that ive been researching to get his little butt out lol, prayers for all in the same boat and close to their due date may God deliver you through pain free and easily (: !!!

  8. Unfortunately all hospitals are not created equal, I so wanted this type of care for my second hospital birth, I had prepared and talk over my plans with flexibility on my part.with my “birth team” However, my on call physician and nurses were not at all willing nor responsive to my wishes, despite being healthy and no risk to baby. All they wanted me to do lay on the bed and take medicated pain management. Therefore, I was ready next time….. HOME BIRTH all the way!!!

  9. Did anyone notice that women who is supposedly in labor isn't even really pregnant she has something stuffed under her gown.

  10. Why are people taking about the fake belly? The whole point of this video is to see which exercises can help you during labor…you didn’t come over here to see if she has a real belly or not🤦🏽‍♀️

  11. Oh my god i just gave birth before some days i was not able to change change my position or able to do walk i felt sleepy

  12. Having 3rd and final child. First 2 were natural. Planning on the same with this one. Hoping to find something new to help with the contractions.

  13. So far this Medical lady isn't even educated about the babies because first she calls the babies fetal when infact a baby is always a baby!

    No baby is a fetus at an state of the babies development! 😧😫

    I definitely wouldn't trust this medical lady! 👎

    Here's a question what if the mother needs a C-section and the Stupid individual insists on the mother having a vaginal delivery when it's not possible and the baby is shoved up in her ribs and the hospital has misread all the mother's ultrasounds and tests do to fallen angels possessing there bodies?

    Oh,I guess the mother is shit out of luck left at home for several years in terrible horrible Pain and Suffering right!

  14. I was able to manage quite a bit of this until they broke my water. I was walking and stretching and bouncing on the ball until then. Contractions are definitely way worse when they take that "cushion" away and it's just pure baby head hitting your pelvis. My advice is try not to let the adrenaline induced shaking freak you out, and yeah you might puke or become nauseated from the intensity of the contractions, so don't get too worried over that either. Do what's best for you! But try not to panic, I panicked a bit. It definitely doesn't help. 😅

  15. 4 weeks to go!!dont know what will be the situation on that day,,just hoping and praying both of us will be safe and ok…first time mom,i dont have any idea how to handle so much pain,,scared and nervous but so excited also to see my girl!!!

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