Normally during the process of giving birth to a child(labor) there are intense contractions of the uterus which are very painful
Many urban women want to deliver a child normally but they are afraid to do so because of the pain associated with normal delivery.
A women whose pelvic passage is adequate, and who wishes to opt for a normal delivery but is afraid of the pain that she has to go through can select the option of Painless Delivery, it is possible to have a painless delivery with an epidural anasthesia in medical terms it is called the “Epidural Block.”
The epidural block has been used over the past 50 years. It is seen that more and more women now plan and demand an epidural block in order to avoid labor pain.
Epidural anesthesia or analgesia refers to total or partial loss of sensation in the trunk between the fundus and the pubis or lower.
An anesthetic agent such as Marcaine, Lidocaine or Carbocaine), a narcotic such as Demerol, or Fentanyl, or a combination of the two, is injected in the lower back in the epidural space between lumbar vertebrae two and five (L-2 and L-5).
One must understand the difference between Anesthesia and Analgesia.
Anesthesia, as with a standard epidural, is the total loss of the sensations of labor, while Analgesia, as with a light epidural is the partial loss.
Epidural blocks carry some risks to the mother, fetus and newborn.
Undesired effects tend to be greater with larger doses of medication, a longer interval during which the medication is in effect and immaturity or distress in the fetus.Undesired effects on the mother:
Abnormal heart rate patterns, requiring oxygen to the mother, position changes and possible cesarean delivery.
If the mother develops post epidural fever, it can affect the baby by passing on the infection thus leading to need of antibiotics etc for the baby.
Some babies may show subtle neurobehavioral effects, such as irritability and inconsolability and decreased ability to track an object visually or to shut out noise, bright light.
It is reported that there are more difficulties in feeding babies whose mothers had an epidural when compared to unmedicated babies. Decreased infant responsiveness may lead to long-term consequences for the parent-infant relationship. Parents need to be counseled to give their babies time to recover from the birth and medication and should avoid a label of "difficult child" or "incompetent mother."
Homoeopathy – Homoeopathic medicines are an much safer alternative to epidural anesthesia, homoeopathic remedies can provide excellent pain relief and a smooth progress in labor with no potential risk to the mother and the fetus.
Irrespective of the phase, pace & complications encountered in pregnancy & childbirth homoeopathic remedies can help to ease the process and help in a smooth delivery.
Some commonly used homoeopathic remedies for pain management are-