Comfort Measures

The happiest possible birthday!

FEATURE_callouts_275x206preg2When you choose to give birth at Woman's, you have access to a variety of amenities.

  • The nursing staff is trained to respond to the special needs of women who have chosen to have non-medicated births.
  • Each birthing suite has independent temperature and lighting controls.
  • With physician approval, Woman's laboring tubs can be used in the later stages of labor to help relax muscles and minds.
  • A birthing ball and a birthing bar are available upon request.
  • Women are encouraged to bring pictures, a CD player with music or aromatherapy products that can calm them and help them focus.

The emphasis during labor ought to be entirely on the mother. (Click to Tweet) That means she gets to decide who is in the room and what the room feels and looks like. It's a good idea to inform family and friends whether or not they're invited to the labor before labor actually starts.


Despite the advice and anecdotes that are frequently showered upon mothers-to-be, there is no such thing as the one single right way to have a baby. 

At Woman’s, a laboring woman can count on plenty of support and resources to guide her through this life-changing event, however it unfolds.

Labor & Delivery Comfort Menu

Your comfort during labor is important to us. We hope this menu will help you better understand your pain relief options. Please discuss your pain control goals and comfort options with your doctor and nurse. We encourage you to involve your support person to help you with comfort actions during labor. If you need additional items or have any questions, please ask. Thank you for choosing Woman’s.

Menú de comodidad para el trabajo de parto y el parto [pdf] »

Bring From Home

  • Deodorant
  • Comb/brush
  • Your toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Music/prepare a playlist
  • Headphones
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Books/magazines
  • Board games or playing cards
  • Extra pillow
  • Device chargers
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Change of clothes
  • Emergency contact list

Comfort Items

  • Warm compress
  • Warm blankets
  • Ice pack
  • Extra pillow for positioning
  • Fan
  • Disposable mesh underwear
  • Non-skid socks
  • Eye mask

Comfort Actions

  • Walking in the hall
  • Bed repositioning
  • Gentle stretching (yoga mat)
  • Birthing ball
  • Birthing stool
  • Peanut ball
  • Slow dance
  • Shower/bath
  • Sleep time 
  • Massage
  • Counter pressure

Relaxation Options

  • Stress ball  
  • Massage balls
  • Visit from our chaplain
  • Visit from a social worker
  • Soothing music 
  • Guided imagery 
  • Quiet
  • Change the lighting (lights out, close the blinds)
  • Aromatherapy
  • Virtual reality headset
  • Slow deep breathing

Personal Care Items

  • Lip balm
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Wash basin
  • Mouth swab
  • Lotion
  • Tissue
  • Hair ties

Entertainment Options

  • Television
  • Comfort channel
  • Internet
  • Notepad and pencil 
  • Puzzle books and coloring pages
  • Music

Nutrition Options

  • Water
  • Juice
  • Broth
  • Ice
  • Popsicles

Medication Options

If your comfort measures aren’t relieving your pain, discuss medication options with your nurses.

  • Oral
  • IV
  • Epidural