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There are lots of choices about how to minimise or cope with labour pain, from things which can easily be done at home, to drugs which need to be administered in a hospital (and a lot more in between!) Pain relief at the birth
It is impossible to say which is best, as it depends on the individual woman and how she experiences labour. Some women may not feel the need for any pain relief, while other women do want it.
It also depends on what kind of birth you would like to have, as some types of pain relief can impact on birth choices. You can explore this when you are writing your birth plan Birth Plans what are they?