They say that giving anaesthics (painkillers) to the mother during birth will harm the child.
There is the option to say no or clinics where child birth is handled in a more natural way.
(if the situation gets too extreme -the hospital is aware)
I have no experience in childbirth but its seems most people opt for painkillers, yet have never met anyone who has.
Maybe some of you who have been through this process have any tips.