A paediatrian confronts a painful truth about childbirth

Dr Jim Newcombe takes on a lingering myth

In this piece, syndicated from Medical Observer, Dr Jim Newcombe takes on the myth that uncontrolled pain is a necessary part of giving birth.

In an earlier article, I talked about my wife’s second pregnancy. It was an early missed miscarriage, an all too common event shrouded in secrecy.

Unfortunately, her first pregnancy was an example of another secret: uncontrolled pain during labour.