Preparing for Birth Australian Edition Partial Preview - Page 17

Comfort Preferences There are many options that can help you manage the discomfort of labour. It is helpful to consider your preferences in advance, but remember that you may change your mind once in labour. Use this table to record your preferences. Discuss them with your birth team in advance and be sure to confirm that they will be available to you. 1. No thank you 2. Possibly 3. Yes please Option Your Choice Massage 1 2 3 Counterpressure 1 2 3 Deep breathing 1 2 3 Audio affirmations 1 2 3 Doula 1 2 3 TENS unit 1 2 3 Preview Moving/position changes 1 2 3 Acupuncture 1 2 3 Heating pad 1 2 3 Acupressure 1 2 3 Shower 1 2 3 Homeopathy 1 2 3 Water immersion (tub) 1 2 3 Medical Options Your Choice Meditation/prayer 1 2 3 Sterile water injections 1 2 3 Visualisation/imagery 1 2 3 Hypnotherapy 1 2 3 Music 1 2 3 Nitrous oxide 1 2 3 Opioids 1 2 3 Epidural 1 2 3 My top preferences are: _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ I am absolutely opposed to: _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Comfort Measures 49