Painless Delivery: An approach to birthing with confidence.
Many women wonder is it really possible to have a painless normal delivery? Is it safe? What are its pros and cons? Being a pregnant woman, it is necessary that you get the guidance and support that will help you approach labour with confidence.
Painless Delivery Q & A
Most frequent questions and answers
Painless delivery refers to the use of an epidural injection which is given by an anaesthesiologist for pain relief during labour. It is injected in the lower back, and a plastic tube is placed through which drugs are released around the spinal cord. It is injected only once when you are in active labour which means you are having at least three contractions in 10 minutes.
According to the doctors, epidurals are safe for the mother and baby, and it also provides relief from exhaustion and irritability. It helps women to relax and refocus on labour, but like any medical intervention, it can also cause unwanted side effects.
Epidural has a numbing effect. You will not be able to walk around and be confined to your bed.
Your labour may be longer.You may have difficulty urinating and need a catheter.You may experience nausea and dizziness.You may be at higher risk for a forceps or vacuum delivery.
It helps a lady cope better with post-partum depression or exhaustion.It relaxes the vaginal muscles and provides space for the baby to descend.It decreases the vital sign of the mother which is good because in natural labour, the mother has high BP and there are risks of the pressure reaching dangerously high levels and ending in a stroke.It prevents damage that would otherwise occur to the pelvic muscles during a traditional delivery.