For all those women on the verge of motherhood but scared of normal delivery because of labour pain associated with it, here is some good news.

Doctors at the Femina Women's Hospital, Banjara Hills, chose International Women's Day here on Thursday to convey the message that for those who cannot endure labour pains for a longer time, help is at hand to make them experience painless normal delivery.

Dr. K. Swarajya Lakshmi , Medical Director, said that the painless delivery was possible through administration of epidural analgesia to the woman after she set into labour. “Epidural helps to relieve the pain while the woman is fully conscious and helps in reducing the stress associated with the labour pains,” she added. It would help the woman to get back to her routine as quickly as possible after delivery, she added.

However, she said painless delivery has to be constantly monitored by experienced and trained anaesthetist, along with the gynaecologists, obstetricians.

Though the rate of C-sections had been on the rise, she said 90 per cent of obstetricians believe in normal delivery unless the situation warranted it. With women postponing motherhood till late thirties, with conditions like obesity, diabetics and hypertension becoming common, chances for normal delivery were becoming less.

Dr. Hema Bindu, CMD, said 70 per cent of deliveries in their hospital in the last one year were painless deliveries. The difference in the fee charged for normal and painless normal delivery is only Rs. 5,000, she said.

Gynaecologists Laxmi Ratna, Shashikala Kola advised expectant mothers to relax and enjoy their pregnancy while those who delivered at the hospital by opting for painless normal delivery shared their experiences.