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Dr Robert Chalmers, MD, OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of Intermountain HealthcareThere is a wide variety of options for pain relief during labor and childbirth. The majority of patients who desire pain relief during labor choose to have an epidural, which is a very quick and safe procedure that the anesthesiologist performs. The advantages of having an epidural are that it doesn't make you tired, so you're able to enjoy your labor. You're able to be awake and aware when your baby is born, and enjoy that experience with your family and with your spouse.