Pain management can be one of the most intimidating aspects of childbirth for new moms, which is why Columbus Community Hospital offers you several different forms of pain management/anesthesia. We will work with you to find the right pain management option — or more than one option, if needed.
Some of the most commonly administered pain management tools for childbirth include:
- First-line pain management: showers, walking, massage, birthing balls and deep breathing to help the mother concentrate on relaxation.
- Intravenous (IV) medications.
- Epidurals – a pain management method used to continuously deliver medications through a tiny catheter placed in the small of a woman’s back. This allows most women to fully participate in the birth experience, while relieving many of the pains of labor.
- Spinal (intrathecal) – similar to an epidural, but the medications are administered with a needle into the spinal canal.
- Pudendal block – local injections of anesthetic that numb the vaginal area in preparation for delivery.
- Transversus abdominus plane (TAP) block – the injection of a long-acting local anesthetic into the muscle layers of the abdomen following a cesarean section to help with surgical pain for up to three days.
Columbus Community Hospital
4600 38th St.
Columbus, Nebraska 68602-1800