Before the advent of modern medicine, women could not deliver a baby without pain. But now, they have the choice of delivering with minimal or no pain. Epidural analgesia is offered to women in labour to help mothers-to-be cope with pain better.
Epidural anesthesia is given by injecting the medicine into the epidural space of the spinal column (the space in the spine which lies above the superficial-most covering of the spinal cord). The epidural catheter will remain in place until the delivery is done and until the woman is relieved of the labour process.
Epidurals block the nerve impulses from the lower spinal segments so that there is decreased pain sensitivity in the lower half of the body. Fear of pain may influence a mother's wish to have a normal delivery. Hence normal delivery rates increase with pain management
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Since labour is a natural procedure, you will be able to walk around and eat as you would normally. No specific preoperative preparation is required.
A fine catheter will be introduced in to your lower back (lumbar spine) through which pain relief medication will be injected, which greatly reduce labour pains. The dose will be adjusted according to the requirements and patient comfort by a pump. You will continuously be monitored by both the anaesthetist and obstetrician. Uterine contractions will still be felt but without much pain.
After delivery, the epidural catheter will be removed. You will be shifted out of the labour room and into an observation room where you will be monitored for 4 hours. Afterwards, you will be moved to a private room along with your baby.
Here, you will be able to walk around and have normal food. A few women may experience numbness in their legs for a few hours after delivery and may need help with walking.
A week after your delivery, you will be required to follow up with your gynecologist.
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