The Use of Complementary and Alternative (CAM) Therapies to Reduce Pain Levels in Laboring Women


The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies for pain has become widespread; and within the context of laboring women, it may be an integral method of holistic pain relief. The term CAM refers to interventions done alongside mainstream medicine and pharmacology to enhance relief of the body, mind and spirit. CAM is used in conjunction with traditional medical care and under the guidance of a healthcare provider to incorporate within the patients’ birth plans. CAM can help patients feel more in control during the labor process to alleviate any distress and pain. Many of the CAM interventions can include (but are not limited to) acupuncture, aromatherapy, music therapy, yoga, and even guided imagery. There is a need to establish protocol to fully integrate CAM therapies as first line options for laboring women in the hospital.



Traditional medicine, Complementary therapies, Massage, Thermotherapy