Pain Relief During Labour
At Yashoda hospital, the Department of Neonatology and Paedeiatrics surgery includes a team of expert gynaecologists, nutritionists, foetal medicine experts, physiotherapists, trained and experienced nursing staff. We provide extensive care ranging from pre-natal care to post-natal care.
We are also decked out with one of the most advanced neonatal, antenatal, postnatal care team bolstered by state-of-the-art NICU infrastructure to safeguard complex and high-risk pregnancies that can be managed, including extremely premature birthings.
Why Consider Pain relief during labour?
Labour can be uncomfortable, but there are various pain relief choices available that you may find helpful. It’s helpful to identify what they are before you go into labour. It’s useful to know which pain relief options are convenient before birth. If you learn what you can have, you may discover it easier to stay relaxed and try to be calm as much as you can, which can mean an easier birth. If you are stressed and anxious, your contractions may appear more painful and become less effective.
You may also find it helpful to:
- talk to your doctor about what pain-alleviating options will be accessible to you so you can decide what’s best for you
- note down your wishes in your childbirth plan
- understand as much as you can about labour – you could try communicating to your doctor and going to some antenatal classes
- continue moving and try various positions during labour
- prepare to have a birth partner who can support you if you can
- Know more about constructive ways to prepare for labour
What are the Procedures we Provide for pain relief during labour?
Some of the significant procedures we offer are:
- Breathing and relief during labour: Slow rhythmic breathing will encourage you to take into a relaxed state that should serve you to cope better with labour. It is better to be calm rather than tense up during a contraction that benefits your body manage labour better. Our antenatal hospital classes cover relaxation and breathing routines.
- Hypnobirthing: Hypnobirthing is a method of pain management that can be adopted during labour and birth. It requires using a blend of visualization, relaxation, and deep breathing procedures. Breathing exercises have been an important part of antenatal classes for a protracted time. Hypnobirthing also includes relaxation, visualization, and mindfulness techniques to help you focus on your body and the delivery of your baby.
- Using a birthing ball: A birthing ball is an inflatable, burst-resistant ball which is similar to an exercise ball. It gently bounces or rock, and thus it helps the body as it may stimulate you to relax and ease the pain.
- Having a water birth: Some mothers discover that being in the water supports them to cope better with pain and be more relaxed. The water also lends support for your body so you can move more openly. Our hospital gives you the option of a birth pool to help you with your child's delivery. A birth pool is wider and deeper than a bath, so there is capacity and space to move in the water. Your doctor or nurse will review your temperature every hour to make sure you are not getting very hot.
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and labour: A TENS machine is a small appliance that is linked to your back with sticky pads. It shoots out tiny electrical vibrations to arrest pain signals sent from your body to your brain. This means you are more receptive to the pain. It can also generate the release of endorphins, which are your body’s pain-relieving chemicals.
- Gas and air (Entonox) in labour: This is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide gas. You breathe this in just as a contraction occurs using a shield or mouthpiece, which you take yourself. It functions best if you take easy, deep breaths. You can even have it while you’re having a water birth.
- Epidurals: An epidural is a local anaesthetic that is inserted into the spine and increased up to as needed. You can alone have an epidural if you are in an obstetric unit. If you are choosing to have an epidural, you and your baby will be closely monitored by our doctors.