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Nonpharmacologic approaches to management of labor pain

Penny Simkin, PT
Michael C Klein, MD, CCFP, FAAP, FCFP, ABFP
Section Editor
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Deputy Editor
Kristen Eckler, MD, FACOG


Management of labor pain is a major goal of intrapartum care. There are two general approaches: pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic. Pharmacologic approaches are directed at eliminating or decreasing the physical sensation of labor pain. In contrast, nonpharmacologic approaches are largely directed at increasing comfort, enabling the laboring woman to cope with the pain, and preventing suffering.

This topic will explore a variety of nonpharmacologic methods of pain management during labor and the evidence of their efficacy. Related topics on the pharmacologic management of labor pain and labor are presented separately.

(See "Pharmacologic management of pain during labor and delivery".)

(See "Neuraxial analgesia for labor and delivery (including instrumented delivery)".)

(See "Management of normal labor and delivery".)

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