Many women, especially expectant mums, express their fears about giving birth and being able to cope with labour pain.
Dr Chee Jing Jye is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with more than 13 years of experience. Her current practice includes all areas of general obstetrics and gynaecology. She sub-specialises in Maternal Fetal Medicine with expertise in areas such as First Trimester Screening for Down Syndrome and high-risk pregnancy.
Being in labour is not a test
She explains that every woman handles labour and delivery differently. There are many ways to manage labour pain and although it will be uncomfortable, it doesn’t have to be scary. It is important to understand the different options available to relieve the pain.
Dr Chee tells all her patients that with this knowledge, they can start to feel more confident about the delivery process. She also mentions that each woman needs to assess their personal threshold of pain. Some women want to give birth with no medical pain relief while others want everything available. Most women will fall somewhere in between.
Labour pain is not a test and each woman should know that having medication to manage the pain is not a bad thing. They should look at it as a way to assist the safe delivery of their baby.
While no one can predict how long the labour will last, she explains that there are some general rules. Generally if it is a woman’s first labour, it tends to be longer. Women who have a longer labour normally require pain relief options such as epidural – whereas shorter labour can be managed by other techniques.