There might be other me-toos like the smell of rain soaked earth or that of a freshly printed book, but nothing can rival the fragrance of a newborn’s skin, or the innocent smile on the petal-pink lips, or the love that pours out as joyous tears from a mother’s eyes. For every parent, the moment is unique, unforgettable.
Apollo Cradle was born as a clinical excellence program of Apollo Hospitals. Conceived not as a hospital but as a birthing centre that replicates the snugness and familiarity of a home, Apollo Cradle approaches childbirth from the standpoint of the would-be-mom. There are Fertility solutions for those who haven’t been able to conceive, Counselling for the worried ones, Pregnancy care and Training sessions for the lucky ones, maternity services for the new moms and Pediatric care for the newborns.
Prenatal care, also known as antenatal care, is a type of preventive healthcare. Its goal is to provide regular check-ups that allow doctors or midwives to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy and to promote healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child.
A Noraml delivery is the giving birth to offspring in mammals through the vagina. It is the natural method of birth for all mammals except monotremes, which lay eggs into the external
Many women wonder is it really possible to have a painless normal delivery? Is it safe? What are its pros and cons? Being a pregnant woman, it is necessary that you get the guidance and support that will help you approach labour with confidence.
Painless delivery refers to the use of an epidural injection which is given by an anaesthesiologist for pain relief during labour. It is injected in the lower back, and a plastic tube is placed through which drugs are released around the spinal cord. It is injected only once when you are in active labour which means you are having at least three contractions in 10 minutes.
Epidural doesn’t always provide 100% pain relief, but it substantially reduces pain and sensations in the lower half of the body. In early labour, pain can be managed using natural methods like warm showers, massages, and exercises.
According to the doctors, epidurals are safe for the mother and baby, and it also provides relief from exhaustion and irritability. It helps women to relax and refocus on labour, but like any medical intervention, it can also cause unwanted side effects.
Why should you avoid an Epidural?
Epidural has a numbing effect. You will not be able to walk around and be confined to your bed.
⦁ Your labour may be longer.
⦁ You may have difficulty urinating and need a catheter.
⦁ You may experience nausea and dizziness.
⦁ You may be at higher risk for a forceps or vacuum delivery.
What are the Pros and Cons of Painless Delivery?
⦁ It helps a woman cope better with post-partum depression or exhaustion.
⦁ It relaxes the vaginal muscles and provides space for the baby to descend.
⦁ It decreases the blood pressure of the mother which is good because in natural labour, the mother has high BP and there are risks of the pressure reaching dangerously high levels and ending in a stroke.
⦁ It prevents damage that would otherwise occur to the pelvic muscles during a normal delivery.
⦁ It could cause a backache, dizziness or shivering.
⦁ A decrease in the mother’s blood pressure can lead to a slowing down of heartbeat rate in the baby.
⦁ There is a risk of experiencing severe headaches because of the fluid of the spine leaking.
⦁ In some cases, there are chances of irretrievable damage to the nerves.In some studies, it was suggested that babies born in a painless delivery procedure could be a little slow and may face breastfeeding problems.
VBAC means Vaginal Birth After Caesarean – birth after caesarean section. For many women, VBAC is an option in fact research for women who attempt a trial of labour after caesarean (TOLAC) shows that about 60 to 80 percent can have a successful vaginal delivery. VBAC is not right for everyone, though certain factors, such as a high-risk uterine scar can make VBAC inappropriate
⦁ Doesn’t require surgery
⦁ Less blood loss
⦁ Reduced chance of infection
⦁ Less likely to suffer injury to your bladder or bowel due to surgery
⦁ You will be likely to have fewer problems with future childbirth
⦁ Decreases maternal mortality rate
⦁ Mother can involve in early child caring
⦁ Persistent wound and abdominal discomfort in the first few months after surgery
⦁ Increased risk of repeat caesarean section when vaginal delivery attempted in subsequent pregnancies
⦁ Readmission to hospital
⦁ Hemorrhage (blood loss)
⦁ Increased risk of Infection
⦁ Injury to bladder, urethra, bowel etc
⦁ Risk of additional procedures like repair of bladder , bowel or blood vessels.
⦁ Thromboembolic (blood clots &its complications Anaesthesia risks Risks due to medicines used (like allergy)
⦁ Fetal risk includes TTN (transient fast breathing in New born) & laceration
⦁ There is more blood loss in a caesarean delivery than with a vaginal delivery. This can lead to anaemia or blood transfusion (1 to 6 women per 100 required a blood transfusion)
⦁ Possible injury to organs such as the bowel or bladder (2 per 100)
⦁ Adhesions: Scar tissues may form inside the pelvic region causing blockage and pain. Adhesions can also lead to future pregnancy complication and can lead to placenta previa or placental abruption.
⦁ Extended Recovery Time: The amount of time needed for recovery after a caesarean can range from weeks to months. Extended recovery can have a impact on bonding time with your baby (1 in 14 report incision pain six months or more after surgery).
⦁ Risk Of Addition Surgeries: Includes possible hysterectomy, bladder repair or another caesarean.
⦁ Maternal Mortality
⦁ EMOTIONAL REACTION: Some women who have had a caesarean report feeling negativity about their birth experience and may have trouble with intial bonding with their baby.
⦁ Risk Complication For The Baby : Premature birth, Breathing, problems
⦁ Low apgar scores : Low apgar scores can be the result of anesthesia, fetal distress before the delivery
⦁ Fetal injury
Postnatal care is the individualised care provided to meet the needs of a mother and her baby following childbirth. Although the postnatal period is uncomplicated for most women and babies, care during this period needs to address any variation from expected recovery after birth.
Most of the time having a baby is a natural process. After a full-term pregnancy, a woman goes into labor on or near her due date and gives birth to a healthy baby. A day or two later she leaves the hospital to begin day-to-day life with her growing family. But not all pregnancies go smoothly. Some women experience what doctors refer to as a high-risk pregnancy.
A pregnancy is considered high-risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby, or both. High-risk pregnancies require management by a specialist to help ensure the best outcome for the mother and baby.
Risk Factors for High-Risk Pregnancy
Reasons that a pregnancy may be considered high risk include:
Maternal Age. One of the most common risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy is the age of the mother-to-be. Women who will be under age 17 or over age 35 when their baby is due are at greater risk of complications than those between their late teens and early 30s. The risk of miscarriage and genetic defects further increases after age 40.
Medical conditions that exist before pregnancy. Conditions such as high blood pressure; lung, kidney, or heart problems; diabetes; autoimmune disease; sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); or chronic infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can present risks for the mother and/or her unborn baby. A history of miscarriage, problems with a previous pregnancy or pregnancies, or a family history of genetic disorders are also risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy.
If you have a medical condition, it’s important to consult your doctor before you decide to become pregnant. Your doctor may run tests, adjust medications, or advise you of precautions you need to take to optimize the health of you and your baby.
Obstetric ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of a baby (embryo or fetus) within a pregnant woman, as well as the mother’s uterus and ovaries. It does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and is the preferred method for monitoring pregnant women and their unborn babies.
Pearl Womens & Fertility Clinic Is A Gynecology And General Surgery Clinic Visited By Dr. Niveditha MS(OG), MRCOG(UK), FRM, FMAS, FART, Consultant Obstretician And Gynecologist, Fertlity Specialist At The Hive Women’s And Fertility Clinic
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