Each patient is different regarding the need for pain relief when in labor. Some patients prefer “natural” childbirth and choose to use no pain medications. Intravenous medications are often used and can be repeated and help to control the discomfort of labor. Also available, is a regional anesthetic called “Intra-spinal Narcotic Injections” which are frequently used with excellent pain relief. This can be repeated, if needed, and gives good pain relief to the mother and is extremely safe for the baby.