The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Obstetric Anesthesia team knows the birth of your baby is a very special time. Anesthesia specialists work on the UMMC Obstetric Care Unit every day. If a patient has medical issues that affect options for pain control, the OB doctor or midwife may ask the team to meet you earlier in pregnancy.

Labor Pain

Each woman’s labor is unique. Labor pain also feels unique for each woman. For some, the pain is manageable. Other times, pain medicines are helpful.

  • How strong your contractions are
  • Your baby’s size
  • Your baby’s position
  • Your past experience with pain 
  • Your beliefs and fears about labor

Types of Pain Relief