The staff at St. Joseph will support your decision for pain relief during labor. Nurses can assist you with breathing techniques, and relaxation and comfort measures. Should you choose, your physician can prescribe a pain reliever or an epidural. These are given to you by your physician or an anesthesiologist. St. Joseph has anesthesiologists available 24 hours a day, so there's no worry about waiting for pain relief.
Whatever you decide, each option should be discussed with your physician prior to your hospitalization so that the staff at St. Joseph can assist you and support you in your decision making during all steps of labor.