What is Painless Delivery and How Does it Work?

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The journey to motherhood is fantastic. However, a woman goes through a period of extreme agony when giving birth naturally. Most women find the pain to be intolerable if it is their first normal delivery. First-time mothers-to-be often fear natural birth.

While earlier an elective C-section was the only alternative available, modern medicine has brought about some revolutionary advancements that can help bring the pain during childbirth down to an acceptable level. Painless delivery or ‘Epidural analgesia’ is nothing but an option for normal delivery.


What is Painless Delivery?

One technique that can assist to lessen the pain of childbirth and let women enjoy it is painless delivery. For this delivery, a type of anesthesia called an epidural is used to provide pain relief during labor.

After learning about the advantages of this operation, many women choose to go for delivery with an epidural. A large number of women prefer painless normal delivery after knowing the benefits it provides.


What is an Epidural?

An epidural is a type of anesthesia used to provide relief from pain during labor. In the case that you choose an epidural, a catheter, and a needle will both be put in the lower back. Additionally, the catheter stays in order to distribute medications through the tube after the needle has been taken out.

Gynecologists may use epidural anesthesia at any point during labor. It requires guidance from a physician and can be given at the start, in the middle, or close to completion.

Once you are in the state of active labor then only the epidural can be administered at any time. It works by numbing the pelvic area and the area beneath it while you are still conscious. One thing you should be aware of is that this technique does not ensure complete pain relief.

How does an Epidural work?

An epidural is a type of anesthesia used to provide relief from pain during labor. In the case that you choose an epidural, a catheter, and a needle will both be put in the lower back. Additionally, the catheter stays in order to distribute medications through the tube after the needle has been taken out.

Gynecologists may use epidural anesthesia at any point during labor. It requires guidance from a physician and can be given at the start, in the middle, or close to completion.

Once you are in the state of active labor then only the epidural can be administered at any time. It works by numbing the pelvic area and the area beneath it while you are still conscious. One thing you should be aware of is that this technique does not ensure complete pain relief.

How does an Epidural work?

The epidural’s timing is very important. Early in a contraction or later as labor continues, doctors may advise an epidural. Doctors typically recommend an epidural once the expectant mother is in active labor. Active labor is defined as contractions that are significantly stronger and closer together.

The idea of injecting a needle and inserting a catheter in the lower back may sound incredibly uncomfortable. Doctors will use local anesthesia before the treatment to numb the pain.

Once the epidural insertion has been made into the region outside the spinal cord, you won’t experience any pain. You can have painless labor. As the labor advances, you can still feel the contractions but won’t be able to feel the pain.

The procedure of Painless Normal Delivery

Before the procedure actually starts drips will be helpful for fluids into the arms. You can sit up over a pillow, lean forward, or perhaps choose to lie on your side. The doctors will find it simpler to implant the needles in the right spots as a result. You’ll be told to remain still by the Gynecologist.

Your lower back will be cleaned by doctors using a cold antiseptic. Additionally, a tiny amount of local anesthesia will be injected beneath the skin of your lower back. Additionally, the needle will be inserted in the space around your spinal cord, between the bones of your spine.

Once the contraction has stopped, the anesthetist will then place an epidural needle. It is crucial for the anesthetist to be informed when you have a contraction. Once the little, soft plastic tube has been inserted, the doctor will withdraw the needle.

Through that tube, the anesthesia will be given, finally numbing the discomfort.

The pain will disappear after five to thirty minutes. The first stage of labor benefits from an epidural, although it can be given at any point.

The delivery of the baby happens in the presence of the Gynecologist and an aesthetician. To ensure the whole process is going accordingly an experienced gynecologist is recommended.

Dr. Purva Patel is an experienced obstetrician and Gynecologist in Surat at Harsh Hospital & Maternity Home and has performed numerous painless normal deliveries to mothers.

Who should undergo this procedure?

  • Every woman who is in labor and needs pain relief is eligible for an epidural. This is not recommended for people who have abnormal blood tests or who take medications that thin the blood. You do not need an epidural to have a normal delivery. The epidural’s ability to lessen labor pain can be quite beneficial.
  • For certain patients, prescribing epidural leads to the best possible outcomes. For instance: If the lady experiences prolonged or difficult labor. It will be advantageous for the mother and the child in this situation. There should be no problem with normal, painless, and stress-free delivery.
  • In case, you are trying for a vaginal birth after a c-section (VBAC).
  • If you are having medical conditions such as preeclampsia, heart conditions, or hypertension.

Who should avoid this procedure?

Some women should avoid epidurals. Such as

  • Women who have certain bleeding disorders.
  • If someone is having lower back surgeries.
  • In the case of neurological disorders.

In conclusion, painless delivery is a medical procedure that has revolutionized childbirth by making it less painful and stressful for both the mother and the baby. With proper guidance and care from obstetricians and Gynecologists, women can have a smooth and comfortable childbirth experience with painless delivery.
At Harsh Hospital & Maternity Home, the best maternity home in Surat and we help each patient to have a pleasant and enjoyable childbirth experience. So go ahead and consult our gynecologist today to learn more about this incredible technique! Call +91-9638593366 to schedule your visit to the gynecologist.

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