Water Solution to Labor Pains – The New Indian Express

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HYDERABAD: Many pregnant couples are considering trying water birth these days, thanks to the help of the West which has repopularized what was used by the Middle East eons ago. Now, when you hear the term “water birth,” many of you may imagine the iconic scene from the thriller, A Quiet Place, where Evelyn (Emily Blunt) gives birth to her baby in the bathtub. As close to reality as it is, doctors break down the process for us.

Dr Bhagya Lakshmi S, Consultant Obstetrics, Gynecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Yashoda Hospitals, begins by explaining what childbirth would be like. “When a woman gives birth in water, all or part of her labor and delivery takes place in a birthing pool. Water birth can take place in some hospitals and birthing centers equipped with bathtubs Alternatively, you can choose to have a water birth at home attended by a midwife and other certified medical professionals.

There are several reasons why women have considered this option. Dr. Bhagya lists some of them. “A water birth is said to relieve pain and speed up labour. Warm water helps comfort and relax the tense mother. Many also say it reduces stress and lowers blood pressure if the mother is anxious.

She says, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AOCG) committee, being in water during the first stage of labor is associated with shorter labor and decreased use of spinal analgesia. and epidural.

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On some of the disadvantages of water birth, Dr Bhagya says: “When the mother pushes the baby, his intestine may open in the water. It is very common; it is immediately cleaned by the midwife, but there is a risk of infection.

However, not all women can give birth in water. Those who have no pregnancy-related complications, are in good health and between 37 and 41 weeks pregnant can opt for this. But it’s a bad idea for those under 17 and over 35. People with diabetes, any infection, carrying more than one baby, or having a premature/large/breech baby should avoid this method.

Dr. Saradha Saranu, Senior Consultant and Professor (Obstetrics and Gynecology) at Kamineni Hospitals, believes that the main reason for its popularity is pain relief. “During the first stage of labor, the mother can float in the water, which helps relieve pain.”

It is also important to talk about some of the disadvantages of this procedure. Dr. Saradha mentions some of them. Monitoring the fetus and the mother can become difficult when she is in a pool of water during labor. Another problem is the inability to identify the rupture of the membranes, which could lead to the entry of water into the uterine cavity, leading to complications. In addition, if the waterbed and its temperature are not well maintained, it can harm the baby and the mother. She says it’s also not particularly helpful for women who don’t want to take injections.

Indie Kaur, director of midwifery at the Fernandez Foundation, says the first good thing about water birth is that it allows women to choose or opt out of systematic medical intervention in the process.
On some of the things to keep in mind when giving birth in water, she says, “It should only be done by trained professionals.

The couple should be counseled on the process and it should be ensured that the woman ticks all the boxes to be fit, without complications. The environment in which the mother gives birth is also important. The same is true with the involvement and inclusion of the birthing partner. An empowered and comfortable mother feels less fearless about the whole process.

Not all women can opt for water birth. It’s a bad idea for people under 17 and over 35

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