Comfort measures

August 28th, 2009

Checklist of Comfort Measures for Labor and Birth

Relaxation/tension release
___ Relaxation
___ Respectful, caring atmosphere
___ Doula

Patterned breathing
___ Greeting/goodbye breath
___ Slow
___ Woman’s own pattern and rhythm
___ Moaning

Touch
___ Acupressure
___Hand
___ Foot
___ Firm pressure
___ Light pressure

Hydrotherapy
___ Bath/whirlpool
___ Shower

Mental activity
___ Count off intervals in contractions
___ Count breaths
___ Chant, mantra, sing, count, pray
___ Guided imagery
___ Affirmations

Body positions/movements
___ Standing, leaning, slow dancing
___ Walking
___ Lunge
___ Sitting up
___ Semi-reclining
___ Rocking chair
___ Kneeling leaning forward
___ Kneeling on one knee
___ Birth ball (sitting, leaning, back)
___ Squatting
___ Supported squat
___ Lying down
___ Supine with tilt to one side
___ Hands and knees
___ Dangle
___ Sheet pull

Hot packs
___ To low abdomen/groin
___ To perineum

Cold packs
___ To low back
___ To perineum

Specific backache measures
___ Counterpressure
___ Double hip squeeze
___ Hands and knees
___ Pelvic rocking
___ Lunge
___ Walking
___ Slow-dancing
___ Cold pack/hot pack
___ Rolling pressure
___ Shower to back
___ Tub
___ Knee press
___ Sterile water injections
___ TENS

Help from birth partner
___ Feedback/verbal reminders
___ Encouragement/reassurance
___ Compliments
___ Patience/confidence in woman
___ Immediate response to contractions
___ Undivided attention
___ Eye contact
___ Expressions of love
___ Hugs/kisses/making out

Attention-focusing
___ Focal point
___ Music
___ Voice
___ Visualization
___ Taste
___ Smell

Nourishment
___ Fluids
___ Foods

Pushing
___ Avoid bearing down (breathe/pant)
___ Spontaneous
___ Directed pushing