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Gynaecology And Obstetrics

Pain management during childbirth

When you are affected by pain during childbirth, it can be difficult to take on board information communicated verbally about the possible methods available to you for pain relief as well as the advantages and the disadvantages that may be associated with each option.

The Patient Decision Aid is developed with the aim of delivering clear and consistent information to expecting mothers and women in childbirth, thereby enabling them to make a more informed decision regarding their choice of pain relief.

The Patient Decision Aid contains a timeline showing the different phases of the birth process and the pain relief options that are relevant in the given phases. Likewise, the options are divided into medical and non-medical methods.

The pregnant women are introduced to the Patient Decision Aid during prenatal classes, and it will also be accessible from within the app "My Hospital". It is therefore expected that pregnant women will have familiarised themselves with the Patient Decision Aid already before the birth and therefore the use of the Patient Decision Aid during the birth itself will feel recognisable and easy to use for the expecting mother. 

Subject area   

Threatment - Obstetrics


  • Non-pharmaceutical pain management - Acupuncture, intracutaneous sterile water papules, massage, heat therapy and hypnosis
  • Non-pharmaceutical pain management - Warm water immersion/shower
  • Non-pharmaceutical pain management - Rebozo/movement
  • Pharmaceutical pain management in the early stage of labor - Morphine
  • Pharmaceutical pain relief - Pudendal block
  • Pharmaceutical pain relief - Sleep cocktail
  • Pharmaceutical pain relief - Epidural 

Preparation sheet included  


Developed by

Hospital Sønderjylland, Åbenrå

Gynaecology And Obstetrics 

Responsible for update 

Specialist nurse, Katrin Löser



Scheduled update

December 2022 


For any further questions, please contact Centre for Shared Decision Making: Maybritt Brunsgård Klausen

Based on IPDAS criteria (International Patient Decision Aid Standards) this decision aid (and/or supporting materials) meets:         

Six of six qualifying criteria are met

This Patient Decision Aid meets the IPDAS qualifying criteria to be defined as a Patient Decision Aid

Four of four certifying criteria are met

Certifying criteria lower the risk of making a biased decision

Thirteen of fourteen quality criteria are met 

Quality criteria that strengthen the quality of the Patient Decision Aid


Only applicable criteria are included in the assessment