If you are a pregnant woman you will need to choose what type of health care provider that you would like deliver your baby. An obstetrician-gynecologist has special training in surgery so he or she is capable of doing an episiotomy or cesarean sections if they are needed. Women who have health problems or pregnancy complications should see an obstetrician.
A certified nurse-midwife specializes in prenatal care, labor, and delivery. A good option if you are healthy and at low-risk for problems during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. A midwife does not need experience delivering babies in home settings and most practice in hospitals and birth centers. You should have a back-up arrangement with an obstetrician in case of a problem or emergency.
Managing the Pain
If you are worried about pain, you are not alone; almost all women are concerned about the pain of labor and delivery at some point. Childbirth is different for everyone. So no one can predict how you will feel. The amount of pain a woman feels during labor depends partly on the size and position of her baby, the size of her pelvis, her emotions, and the strength of the contractions.
Natural Pain Relief
Some women choose to deliver their babies without using medicine for pain relief. Some of these women use other techniques to help them cope. Things women do to ease the pain include:
use breathing and relaxation techniques
take warm showers or baths
have the supportive care or a loved one
find comfortable positions while in labor stand, crouch, sit, walk, etc.
use a labor ball
listen to music
But the majority of women will use some form of pain relief that may include:
Pudendal Block Spinal anesthesia
Intravenous or intramuscular analgesic