Pain Relief

You have several options to consider when it comes to labor pain relief. Here you'll learn what techniques you can use, medications that are available, and how you can manage the pain and discomfort of contractions.

Epidural or Drug-Free Birth?

Deciding between natural birth vs. epidural? Here, the stories of two very different deliveries weigh the pros and cons of getting an epidural.

8 Ways to Manage Labor Pain

From drugs to breathing techniques, here's what to know to make your labor as painless as possible.

Labor Pain-Relief Primer

From epidurals to spinals, what you must know about your medication options during childbirth.

Labor & Delivery: Contractions

When it comes to contractions, not knowing what to expect can be scary. Learn more about when contractions occur and be prepared for when they do.

Labor & Delivery: Epidurals

Many women choose to have an epidural to ease the pain of labor and delivery. Find out how an epidural works and if it could be part of your birth plan.

Birth Stories: Natural Labor

Sarah had an epidural for her first child, but she decided to give birth naturally by having an unmedicated childbirth the second time. Learn more about her story and how the two experiences compared.

Birth Stories: Natural Pain Relief

For her second delivery, Christine decided to use various methods of natural pain relief instead of an epidural. Get her tips on how to give birth drug-free.

Birth Stories: Unmedicated Childbirth

Regina was five days past her due date, but she was determined to have her baby naturally. She shares what she did to avoid being induced and make her birth plan become a reality.

Labor & Delivery: Natural Pain Relief

For moms who don't want to have an epidural, there are ways to get relief naturally. Learn about some tried and true methods to ease your pain.

Practicing for Labor

You're about eight weeks away -- time to start practicing for delivery!

Birth Stories: Delivery with an Epidural

Natalia gave birth two weeks early to her second baby, Maya, after her water broke unexpectedly. Watch her discuss her positive delivery experience with an epidural.

Does Hypnobirthing Really Work?

Science shows that mind over matter can work when it comes to easing labor pains.

Hypnobirthing Confessions: These Women Tried It

What's it like to give birth with the help of hypnosis? We asked four moms to share their hypnobirthing stories.

Labor Pain Medication at a Glance

The most common medications given for pain relief.

Pain Relief During Labor

Make a well-informed choice by reading up on these pain relief options available to you during labor.

HypnoBirthing and Hypnobabies Classes: Are They For You?

Before you sign up for a hypnosis-centered birth course, read this.

Common Pregnancy Woes

Expert-approved ways to ease pregnancy discomforts.

Painless Hypnobirthing: Truth or Fiction

Can hypnosis really be nature's epidural? We find out.

Who Should Consider Hypnobirthing?

Find out if this natural labor pain-queller is for you.

Laughing Gas and Labor: Is This Pain Relief Option Right for You?

Nitrous oxide is a new option for labor pain relief. What is it, how does it work, and is it right for you?