Supriya, 28, had an extraordinary smile on her face while holding her newborn in her lap at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.
Reason: Apart from becoming a mother for the second time, the lady had a pain-free delivery, courtesy the gynaecology department of the hospital.
With Supriya’s normal delivery, the RML hospital became the first among government hospitals on Monday to start ‘pain-free delivery’ service for pregnant women. “Primary trial in this direction was done with this delivery and we will now make the service available to all women coming here, especially those who are afraid of the pain associated with delivery,” said Dr Sandhya Pradhan.
Under the ‘pain-free delivery’, doctors give epidural anaesthesia, which requires high skill and round-the-clock monitoring of the patient. The gynaecologists along with anaesthetist, Dr JP Tiwari, gave Supriya a pain-free delivery keeping all the above aspects in mind.
Right now the hospital does not have the required number of trained staff to start a fullfledged ‘pain-free delivery’ clinic but the officials here plan to get additional staff for the purpose and then the clinic would run full time.
“We want to ensure that we are ready before announcing any service. Therefore, additional staff will be sought for this clinic and their proper training will also be conducted,” said Dr Pradhan. The hospital has decided not to charge extra fee for this service.
Pain-free delivery is also provided by the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) and a few private hospitals, but RML hospital will be the first government hospital going for this kind of service.