Sterile water injections for labour pain

(8 Posts)
hannahmrfox Tue 16-Apr-13 11:34:06

Hi - I'm trying to find out more about sterile water injections in your back to treat labour pain. It's something that's practised a lot in Australia/NZ, but I wanted to know if anyone in any UK hospitals had had it and whether it was any good.

ReallyTired Wed 17-Apr-13 00:03:55

I have never heard of it. It sounds like a placebo or aquapuncture. If you are going to be injected then you might as well have a decent pain killer like a spinal block or an epidural. I think an injection of water would annoy the hell of most women in labour.

In the UK gas and air is really common for pain relief. Some some use a TENS machine or have a water birth if they want to be natural. If you have a particualarly long or nasty labour then many women have petidine or an epidural.

ReallyTired Wed 17-Apr-13 00:10:07

I had a read of it here.

Some women feel little or no pain between contractions. Having a contraction feels like your guts are being squeesed out. Many women experience no pain between contractions. I believe that sterile water is used to help back pain associated with a back to back baby.

Greentree123 Sun 12-May-13 19:24:25

I think this is a really good idea, anything to help with the pain. I will be interested to hear from anyone who has tried this

olivertheoctopus Sun 12-May-13 19:27:11

Urgh, I had back labour with DS1, it was hideous. Never heard of this though. Labour with DS2 was fine so must have been down to positioning so hopefully no3 will be like DS2!

Choccybaby Tue 14-May-13 20:48:20

Looks like a placebo, not that there's anything wrong with that, but not commonly used in UK I don't think.
You could try something similar DIY like getting your partner to pinch you in those same areas perhaps?

organiccarrotcake Tue 14-May-13 22:50:08

It's not a placebo, although of course placebos can be very effective. I came across this elsewhere... must look into it.

Wotme Tue 14-May-13 23:09:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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