pain managment during delivery Hi. I just read your message on pain managment during delivery. I don't know if it can be said that pain can be managed! I am married for 7 years now and have 3 children. Ages 5, 4 and 20 months. All of my pregnancies were healthy and I delivered without any medications. When I say without any medications I mean NO medications at all. The only needle I had going in me was an i/v w/some clear fluid. I opted not to have any medications w/any births because I wanted my babies to have the best possible start in life. I know that the doctors will tell you that most of the drugs they give you won't affect the baby, but I wasn't fully convinced of that. All of my babies were born at a military hospital in Hawaii and believe me, the doctors there do not push a natural birth. I was going against the grain. But, I had a prayer support team behind me on every pregnancy and my husband was very supportive to whatever kind of delivery I wanted. I read every piece of literature I could get my hands on dealing with medications, natural births, water births, everything. I was constantly at the library reading other women's experiences - just trying to gather up information. I don't really think that anything I read or any documentary I saw prepared me for the pain. It is very intense, very strong and can overwhelm you if you lose sight of what you are giving birth to. A beautiful human being that God knit together inside of you. Try to focus on the outcome of the delivery, not the pain. I'm not saying that you should fool yourself into believing that there isn't going to be pain or that it won't be that bad, believe me, there will be massive amounts of pain, but how you tolerate it is how you tolerate and understand pain right now. God made women's bodies to naturally give birth. The best thing I did for myself was try to relax during a hard contraction and my husband had a picture of a baby at the delivery room so that I could remember that all this pain was for a purpose. A beautiful one. God bless you and I will be praying for a healthy birth for you and baby!!!