Pain relief



Labour is a natural, but painful experience, so it’s important to learn about all the ways you can relieve and cope with the pain and how your partner or labour supporter can help you.

Write down your wishes in your birth plan, but remember you may need to be flexible. You may find that you want more pain relief than you had planned, and more effective pain relief may be advised to assist with delivery.

Your midwife will be able to tell you more about the pain relief options available at our Birth Units.

For a more general overview of the standard types of pain relief available, please visit the NHS Choices website.


We were among the first in the country to use aromatherapy techniques to help women before, during and after labour. This is available at all of our birth facilities.

Your midwife will be able to tell you more about this unique service, but for more information please click on the link below:



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