Pain relief during labour 

Within our birth suites you have numerous pain relief options during your labour. Below is a summary of your options, but we encourage you to speak with your obstetrician to make an informed choice when considering pain relief.


  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Narcotics
  • Epidurals


  • Birth balls
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hypnobirthing
  • Water immersion
  • Sterile water injections
  • TENS

If you are considering water immersion for pain relief (if water immersion is available at your nearest Mater Mothers), please discuss this with your obstetrician prior to your expected delivery date.

TENS in labour

TENS, or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, assists by stimulating the body’s own mechanisms to cope with pain by blocking the nerves that detect painful sensations to reduce the sensation of pain, and by assisting the body to release its own morphine like substances (endorphins).

You can find out more about the TENS from your local pharmacy or Mater's Health and Wellness team at South Brisbane.


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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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