Sample Informative Speech Outline

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Sample Informative Speech Outline

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the different forms of pain management used during childbirth.

Central Idea: Pain management is an important aspect of childbirth that women need to educate themselves on so they can make an informed decision when choosing which method they will use.


I. You hear screams, moaning, words of insanity; you may feel terrified or overwhelmed with pain. A. Do you have the flu? B. No, you’re in labor!
II. Having given birth twice myself, I wanted to learn the pros and con’s of different types of pain management, so I could decide what the best choice was for me and my baby.
III. In June of 2005 Dr.
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Holly claims “It (acupuncture) helped her tremendously with low back pain, as her babies have big heads and were posterior [deliveries]." 2. The general evidence seems to be positive for this method, but there is still a lot to learn about acupuncture being an effective solution for relieving the pains of labor.


I. With today’s advances in pain management techniques, it’s hard to imagine going through labor without some type of pain relief.
II. Whether you choose to receive an epidural, or use a more natural process such as the Bradley method, or the non traditional method of acupuncture, they can all provide some relief to the expectant mother.
III. When choosing what type of pain management you will use, it is important to base your decision on your own personal preferences, the expected benefits, the effects they will have on your labor, and the associated risks to you and your baby.


Decker Smith, Barbara. “Know Your Options When It Comes to Labor Pain Medication.” June 2005. Parenthood. 26 March 2006.

Devitt, Michael. “Studies Confirm Acupuncture Relieves Pain.” Jan. 2002. First Health of Andover. 26 March 2006. Edgerly Ring, Phyllis. “Acupuncture: Relief Right to the Point.” Pregnancy Today. 26 March


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