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  • Pain Relief in Labour
    • Other Kinds..
      • Massage
      • Acupunture
      • Reflexology
      • Breathing exercises
      • Aromatherapy
      • Disadvantage
        • Not as effective
        • Information + training needed
    • Gas and Air
      • When contractions get really strong
      • Mixture of oxygen + nitrous oxide
      • Advantages
        • Controlled by mother
      • Disadvantages
        • Effect wears off quickly
        • Mother may feel sick
        • Pain isn't completely removed
    • Tens Machine
      • Advantages
        • Block pain
        • No side affects
      • Disadvantages
        • Mainly available at hospital
        • Mother can't bath or shower with it on
      • What is it?
        • Four flat pads containing elcrodes
          • Attached to mothers back.
            • When mother feels pain, she can send electrical impulses to her back
              • With a handheld controller
    • Epidural
      • Disadvantages
        • Only available in hospitals
        • No urge to push
        • Increased labour time
      • Advantages
        • Works quickly
        • Blocks out pain
      • What is it?
        • Injection given in the lower spine
        • Blocks nerves from sending painful sensations to the brain
    • Pethidine
      • What is it?
        • An injection
          • For leg or bum muscle
            • Relieves pain
      • Advantages
        • Relieves pain
      • Disadvantages
        • Causes drowsiness of baby
        • Takes 20 minutes to work
        • Mother has lack of control

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