After nine long months of overwhelming emotional experience and extra careful fostering, everything a couple could want and of course, deserve is a smooth delivery. Imagining the agonising sensations that the body will go through during the labour and delivery is especially hard for a first-time mother, especially as the lack of experience only induces panic in her mind. It is very important for the family not only to prepare the mother for those couple of hours of excruciating labour pain but also to make sure everything she will or may need during the delivery process is ready.
The mother needs to prepare herself from the time of pregnancy by eating nutritious food, staying active and perhaps exercising a little as per the doctor’s recommendation to maintaining a strong healthy body which will help in reducing the labour time and facilitate a smooth delivery.
There are a lot of approaches to guarantee you have an easier labour and delivery, and most of them begin before the contractions start. Here are 5 things you can do to ensure you have a smooth birthing experience.
Take a childbirth class:
Acquainting yourself with the phases of labour and delivery as well as understanding the do’s and don’ts during that time will help the new parents practice comfort measures before the big episode. This will enable you to feel less restless and anxious, and facilitate on an easier delivery.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) of Manipal Hospitals, Whitefield provides Pregnancy and Childbirth classes which are conducted by Mrs Haripriya, an expert in this arena. It covers a wide range of topics such as breathing and relaxation techniques, most important Labour and Lamaze techniques etc.
For mothers wanting a medication free normal birth, chiropractic care can enable them to achieve that objective. From back pain relief to better positioning of the baby, chiropractic care facilitates aligned hips which allows the baby to go down more easily through the birth canal. It focuses on balancing the pelvis and uterus that eases the process of labour and delivery by reducing the pain and labour time.
Stay mobile and vertical:
Research has discovered that staying mobile and vertical during the labour helps in the process. Walking not only helps the baby move down towards the cervix but also stimulates the release of Oxytocin hormone thereby triggering contractions. Then, trying to get into the squatting position which will help in opening your pelvic outlet. The walking will loosen up your leg muscles and help in maintaining the squat position later.
Neonatal and Paediatric Care:
It is important that the newborn gets proper care and constant monitoring after its birth. Make sure the hospital you choose has skilled nurses, doctors and high facilities to monitor the wellness of your baby and provide intensive care.
With a team of specially trained doctors, nurses and staffs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Manipal Hospitals, Whitefield, weak newborns such as high risk neonates and extremely low birth weight babies are given the best care and attention with intensive monitoring. The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) attends to emergency conditions such as coma, shock, cardiac arrest, airway obstruction, infections and seizures.
Choose a hospital close to your home:
Once the labour pain starts you will not have time to do anything except hurrying to the hospital. So be prepared in advance. Enquire and make a list of the best hospitals within a feasible radius around your house. Check carefully for the quality of services and facilities they provide, infrastructure, skill and availability of the doctors and nurses, cost effectiveness etc. before finalising.
We highly recommend to consult the doctors in Manipal Hospitals, Whitefield for the excellent care and services that they provide. Apart from the routine gynaecological services, their Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology also provide comprehensive care for infertility, neonatal care, depression, breast cancer, etc. To check our more of their facilities, click here.
They have well monitored state-of-the-art labour wards with birthing suites and 24 hour Epidural and Anaesthetic Services to make sure you have a stress-free smooth delivery. The Fetal Medicine sub-unit attends to high risk pregnancies. Their maternity ward provides round-the-clock nursing care and duty doctors to take care of the mother and baby.