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Providence offers an extensive array of techniques to help women who choose to have a medication-free childbirth. These natural coping methods also help women who wish to delay the use of pain relievers until later in the process.
All of our maternity staff are trained in these natural methods. While you’re in labor, one nurse will be dedicated solely to your care. They will offer encouragement and support along with tools, such as birth balls, peanut balls and back massagers.
Relaxation can help ease stress and pain. We designed our birthing centers for your comfort and safety, creating an environment where you can relax. Each private room offers a comfortable, home-like feel. In your labor and delivery room, you’ll find a jetted tub, small refrigerator, LED candles and speakers for your own music. Each room also includes laminated booklets, which give tips on breathing, physical and mental relaxation, laboring positions, pushing positions and ways for partners to support laboring mothers. And when the time comes for your baby to be born, we offer many tools to help you get into the best position for pushing, including a pushing bar for the bed as well as a birthing stool.
Some women develop sharp pain in their lower back during contractions. Commonly called “back labor,” the pain can be severe. If you experience back labor, we can help. First, we will suggest alternate laboring positions. Second, we will teach your partner how to use counter pressure against your back. And, we can provide sterile water injections into the lower back. These injections are entirely safe for you and your baby, and they have been proven to help ease the pain of back labor for many women.
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Providence St. Joseph Medical Center now offers nitrous oxide as a pain management alternative to laboring mothers.