A painless delivery uses anaesthesia to make child birth pain-free for the woman
All mothers-to-be have one common fear as the delivery date approaches: the fear of severe pain during labor and childbirth. The intensity of pain varies from woman to woman. Some may face very little pain, whilst others may experience severe cramps. With the advent of modern medicine and technology, it has become possible for mothers to get relief from labor pains, providing a respite from opting for C sections. This technique of painless delivery is known as Epidural anesthesia.
What is a painless delivery?
Epidural anesthesia helps to ease labor pains during the process of normal delivery. A popular technique adopted by many women with a low pain threshold, which is not only cost effective but also provides the necessary relief from the unbearable pain experienced during childbirth.
How is the procedure done?
During an epidural anaeasthesia, an injection is administered in the lower back, through which a fine tube-like needle is passed. Pain relieving medicines are passed through this tube, which cause numbing of the nerves and pain sensations. These medicines are very safe for the baby. With this procedure, the mother can feel the contractions without any crampy or colicky pains. The anesthesiologist and the nurse ensures that the epidural injection has been received well by the mother without any complications before proceeding with the delivery. One only needs to be in established labor for an epidural.
Is epidural good or bad?
Is painless delivery safe? The debate has been going on for years now. Even mothers who have had children previously have shown confusion over this topic. There are mothers who swear by this procedure, and then there are a few who would like to opt to go through the entire process of labor over again and have a normal delivery. What are the advantages and disadvantages of an epidural?
Painless delivery pros and cons:
- It makes the whole childbirth experience entirely painless. It is known to help cope up with postpartum depression better.
- Epidural injections help to relax the vaginal muscles making space for the baby to descend.
- An epidural anesthesia causes a drop in blood pressure. This can help many women who suffer from high blood pressure and prevent it from reaching dangerous levels leading to a stroke.
- An epidural procedure helps in an easy forceps delivery thus preventing C sections.
- Several studies have proven that epidural procedures can help prevent damage to pelvic muscles, which would otherwise be affected during normal delivery.
- Epidurals could lead to dizziness, backache, and shivering in the woman.
- A sharp fall in the mother’s blood pressure can lead to slowing down of the heart rate of the baby, and if it does not return to normal, an emergency C-section needs to be carried out.
- There is a high risk of mothers experiencing headaches due to leaking of the spinal fluid.
- In very rare cases, there can be irreversible damage to the nerves.
- Some studies have shown that babies born after epidural anesthesia can have delayed milestones.
- The procedure may also lead to numbness in the lower half of the body.
Epidural anesthesia is still the number one sought after method for painless delivery. Before opting for this procedure, it is advised to take an opinion of your obstetrician well ahead of time.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.