A paediatrician reveals another dirty secret about childbirth

Dr Jim Newcombe takes on the myth that uncontrolled pain is a necessary part of giving birth.

In my first blog post, 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.

As a medical student, I was taught that acute pain is a medical emergency. As an intern, one