NHS study tests effectiveness of 'hypnobirthing'
19 May 2011 Last updated at 09:51 BST
For many women, deciding which pain relief to use in childbirth is one of the most vital aspects of the whole experience.
Some experts think using hypnotherapy, alongside gas and air or epidurals can make labour easier.
Mental relaxation techniques are being tested in a pilot scheme at maternity units across the north west of England.
Jenny Hill reports.