- Many women choose painless labor these days
- A technique to avoid unbearable pain during labor helps in increasing normal deliveries in hospitals
- Gynecologists assure fewer side effects while using painless delivery methods
- The technique also helps gynecologists conduct emergency cesarean sections
- The method blocks the pain signals from entering the brain which helps in a normal delivery enabling movements and muscle contractions.
Painless delivery has been a most sought-out technique these days giving the expecting mothers a choice for normal delivery. Though many are aware of the existence of such a method, there still remains a cloud surrounding it. Safety and lack of knowledge about what exactly the technique is about sometimes distant the mothers-to-be from using the advanced medication.
While the labor started for Sandhya, when she was about to give birth to her second baby, she decided to experience it completely rather than going for a painless labor.
“It’s my second delivery, and I already have experience in giving birth normally. If I take up the painless way, it wouldn’t have any effect,” shares Sandhya.
While a few mothers-to-be opt out from the painless labor, a majority of women, especially first-time mothers choose to have normal but painless delivery.
“It finished so easily, and I was so happy and comfortable that I could have a normal delivery,” said Lijisha, who gave birth to a baby boy three months back. She shared that the experience was very relieving as she took a painless labor injection.
“The new but safe way of painless labor will help the new mothers to choose normal delivery avoiding the fear of unbearable pain during labor. Some women opt for a caesarean section because they are afraid of labor,” says Dr. D. Lakshmi, Head, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Elite Mission Hospital, Thrissur, Kerala.
What is Painless Labor?
Epidural Analgesia is a kind of local anesthesia which gives relief from unbearable pain during labor without hindering movements.
Is It Safe?
According to gynecologists, taking the painless labor would not cause any kind of serious side effects and would also help the doctor if they have to opt for an emergency cesarean section in case of complications. Though temporary effects like vomiting, head ache etc could be caused, it does not stand long time effects, shares gynecologists.
How Does It Work?
During the delivery, the labor pain generates from the contraction of uterus walls. Once the Epidural analgesia is administered, it blocks the pain signals from reaching the brain and thus helping the patient for a painless delivery. The same technique can also be used in case of emergency cesarean sections if some complications.
“It’s the choice of the mother whether to have the painless delivery and many women prefer it these days,” said Dr. Lakshmi who has been practicing gynecology for more than half a century.