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Birth, a roller coaster ride of feelings!

If airplanes can have business class, and cinema halls can have red lounges, why should giving birth be devoid of luxury? Sai Raje on luxury-packed birth experience.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 30, 2009 19:51 IST
Sai Raje

All mothers will agree that giving birth is a roller coaster ride of feelings, which are usually, unfortunately, associated with labour rooms that are just too cold and clinical for comfort.

For many years, the routine for a ‘normal labour’ in most hospitals and maternity homes has involved the woman being carted from room to room as she goes through the various stages of labour, delivery and recuperation. Should complications arise at any point, then it’s off to a fourth room for a caesarean procedure.

Well it’s time to change that. If airplanes can have business class, and cinema halls can have red lounges, why should giving birth be devoid of luxury?

Too troublesome, you think? Some hospitals have already tapped this need and at places like the Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai, and Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, you can now sign up for a luxury-packed birth experience.

“Pregnancy is not an illness. It’s an occasion to rejoice a birth in the family. So the idea was to encourage normal delivery and make it as comfortable as possible. The birthing suites are very popular with many of our clients,” says Dr Anita Soni, gynaecologist at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, which pioneered the birthing suite concept in the city a few years ago.

The concept, called Labour Delivery Recovery Post Partum (LRDP), is already popular the world over and is aimed at making a hospital birth as homely an experience as possible.

What’s on offer?
The ‘birthing suite’ is packed with all the comforts you might crave during your stay at the hospital. The plush suite is a waiting, labour and staying room, all rolled into one. If the labour is turning out to be extremely long and painful, you can get some relief by soaking in a warm-water hydrotherapy tub in the attached bathroom. And if there are any complications in a normal delivery, no worries. The suite can be readied, within minutes, to carry out a C-section without you having to move the mother again. The suites even have a small kitchenette with a microwave for when you feel like a home cooked meal, a mini refrigerator and a television, plus sitting space for family.

Get comfortable
Lilavati Hospital, on the other hand, is known for its special birthing chairs that the suites were fitted with a couple of years ago. “It lets you sit in a comfortable position that helps you work with the force of gravity to give birth easily,” says Dr Rishma Pai, a gynaecologist at the hospital.

Th luxury and extras do come at a price. The suites cost between Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000 for the entire stay, depending on the kind of delivery a woman goes through. But for those keen on convenience, it seems like a small price to pay.
Malika Gurnani, 34, had both her babies at the birthing suite in Hiranandani hospital and came back raving about her experience.

“It was convenient in every way because I didn’t have to be wheeled from one room to another after delivery. I especially loved soaking in the hydrotherapy tub, which helped ease my labour pains to a large extent,” she says.