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The data in this study also demonstrate that women can derive a sense of safety or of vulnerability from the people around them during labour and that this seems to be linked to their interpretation of the pain as productive and purposeful, or threatening.

  • Brown spent most of her labour working with her doula on medication-free pain- relief methods, but ultimately decided to go the hospital for medication.

  • Rees recommends strong low-pitched moans rather than high-pitched horror-movie screams, which tend to make the throat tight and tense, but she admits it isn't always possible.