Class Four

Pain Medications and Other Interventions

Pain Medications and Other Interventions

Class Four: Homework

There will be a homework assignment for each class.  Please do the homework after each class for the next week’s class.
  • Read Section 4
    It is important to know the birthing person’s desires regarding their use of pain medications in labor. Both partners should explore how the partner feels about the birthing person’s  use of medications.  Many partners have strong personal feelings on the subject. Some believe deeply that an unmedicated birth is preferable; others believe that suffering is unnecessary so will encourage the birthing person to take medication.The most important thing is for each of you to express your feelings to
    the other in advance of labor and then prepare together as described here.
  • Read the PAIN MEDICATIONS PREFERENCE SCALE  Each of you rate your desire regarding the birthing person’s use of pain meds. Would you as the partner prefer that they not use meds?
    How strongly do you feel?  Rate yourselves independently without consulting one another by choosing the number on the scale that best matches your feelings.  Compare.  If you are more than a few points apart, you will not work as well together as you will if you are closer.  Discuss your feelings and come to an agreement. The birthing person’s preferences are more important but having the birth team on the “same page” is most supportive of them.  The birth partner helps them to deal with the pain astray wish.  Prepare for your support role based on your mutual position on pain meds. The right hand column, “How the Birth Partner Helps” can guide you in providing appropriate support.