Labour can be painful, so it’s important to understand the different pain relief options available to you and the ways your birth partner can help.

Write down your pain relief wishes in your birth plan but remember you may need to be flexible. You may find that you want more pain relief than you had planned, or more effective pain relief may be advised to help with your delivery.

Speak to your midwife about the different pain relief options available at our birth units.


Our maternity units are among the first in the country to use aromatherapy techniques to help relieve pain before, during and after labour.

Aromatherapy treatment is available at all of our birth facilities. Your midwife can tell you more about our unique service.


Our midwives run a hypnobirthing service as an addition to our free antenatal classes.

These classes have a small charge, but some concessionary rates are available

Speak to your midwife about hypnobirthing classes.

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