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
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Acupuncture is the ancient art of Chinese healing. A. The word acupuncture comes from the Latin word acus, meaning needle, and pungere meaning prick.
1. It is a broad term covering techniques for inserting and manipulating thin needles into specific anatomical locations on the body that are believed to be therapeutically useful.
2. For more than 2,500 years, acupuncture has been one of the world's most popular forms of health care.
B. Acupuncturists consult charts to determine what points on the patient’s body will have the desired outcome. 1. Here is an example of an Ear acupuncture chart 2. It is based on the belief that the ear is the map of all bodily organs.
C. A 1998 study published by Michael Devitt in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that medical doctors refer their patients to acupuncturists more than any other "alternative" care provider.
1. And a recent poll of American doctors in 2005 showed that 60% believe acupuncture was at least somewhat effective, with the percentage increasing to 75% if acupuncture is considered as a complement to conventional treatment. 2. A theory based on several studies suggests that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce natural pain-killing substances.
D. The studies on the use of acupuncture to achieve pain relief during labor are still

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