Labor and Delivery




Labor and Delivery

Besides choosing a baby name and nursery color, expectant mothers also need to decide how they wish to have their pain managed during childbirth. Staying comfortable is an important part of a positive birth experience, and women should feel free to discuss all their options with their obstetrician and anesthesiologist.

The information in this section contains important information about safety and pain control during childbirth. The ASA encourages expectant mothers to read these resources carefully so they can make an informed decision.

Q&A: Pain Management During Childbirth

Misconceptions About Pain Management in Labor and Delivery

Types of Pain Relief in Labor and Delivery

Nitrous Oxide During Labor

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Ask your anesthesiologist questions about what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.


The ASA does not employ physician anesthesiologists on staff and cannot respond to patient inquiries regarding specific medical conditions or anesthesia administration. Please direct any questions related to anesthetics, procedures or treatment outcomes to the patient’s anesthesiologist or general physician.