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Being in the water can help you cope with pain during labour. Evidence shows that women who use water are less likely to need an epidural, but the idea doesn’t appeal to everyone.
An epidural is a local anaesthetic injected into the spine. It gives very good pain relief, but can have side effects such as:
Medical interventions, such as having a caesarean or delivering with the help of forceps, can sometimes be necessary for the safety of you or your baby. Some people are very comfortable with this, but others actively try to reduce the chance of such interventions if at all possible.
If you’re in a birth centre or at home, you may be moved to hospital during labour or once your baby is born if you or your baby needs extra care. This is called being transferred.