Gynaecologists and the medical team in any hospital play an important role in educating and counselling antenatal women, preparing them for labour. Such counselling is on the list of 16 protocols that the State government is introducing to cut down the number of caesarean sections.

While it has been found that busy obstetricians schedule C-section deliveries to suit their convenience, there have been a number of instances when the fear of labour pain has led pregnant women and their families insisting on the surgical intervention. Parents and families also intervene for a C-section suggesting astrologically favourable dates.

Misconceptions regarding normal vaginal delivery need to be cleared when a woman comes to hospital for antenatal check-ups.

Experts say normal delivery does not result in incontinence, a condition when a person's bladder loses the voluntary function of holding urine. Nor does it affect the sexual life of a woman.

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