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Information for expectant parents and healthcare professionals on pain relief choices during labour

Who we are

This is a public information website created by the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA), a UK registered charity. We provide expert, unbiased information on pain relief choices during labour for expectant parents, midwives and healthcare professionals.

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Pain relief during labour

If you are an expectant mother it can help to learn about the different pain relief options available to you during labour. It can also be helpful for whoever is with you to understand these options, so they can support you through the birth.

Pain relief options

Caesarean birth

A caesarean birth is an operation to deliver your baby through a cut made in your tummy and womb. Around one in four babies is born by caesarean birth and two thirds of these deliveries are unexpected. Our information helps you to understand the choices available to you should you need a caesarean birth.

About caesarean birth

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Our most popular information has been translated into over 30 languages to help as many women as possible access the information they need. Use the drop-down menu below to see what information is available in your language.

Discover more about the OAA

The OAA promotes the highest standards of anaesthetic practice in the care of mother and baby. We are a UK-registered charity and specialist membership organisation providing an authoritative voice on safety in maternity services through leadership, education, information and guidance.

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