Doctors say when a women goes for delivery, particularly for the first time, she is emotionally weak and in distress.(Ursiti Saini)
Doctors say when a women goes for delivery, particularly for the first time, she is emotionally weak and in distress.(Ursiti Saini)

Pain management: Now, ‘birth companions’ to help pregnant women in labour room

The idea is to help women, especially those in their first pregnancy, bear the pain and reduce maternal mortality.
By Gaurav Saigal | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 04:12 PM IST

Birth companions will soon make pregnant women feel comfortable at the time of delivery in labour rooms.

The idea is to help women, especially those in their first pregnancy, bear the pain and reduce maternal mortality.

“It’s a common practice in western countries where husbands remain beside women in labour room during delivery,” said Swapna Das, general manager (maternal health) National Health Mission, Uttar Pradesh. About 25 lakh deliveries take place in a year in Uttar Pradesh.

How does it help?

Doctors say when a women goes for delivery, particularly for the first time, she is emotionally weak and in distress. She does not know anyone in the labour room and it is a major medical procedure for her while she is awake.

“If a woman has someone with her whom she knows and trusts, the pain gets reduced due to his or her presence and emotional support,” said city-based gynaecologist Dr Monica Misra

Letters have been issued to the chief medical officers (CMOs) of all the districts to examine how the plan could be implemented at all government health facilities where deliveries take place.

The CMOs will conduct meetings with doctors at health facilities where deliveries take place and finalise the process for selection of birth companions. The initiative is likely to start after June 15.

“Pregnant woman will choose one of the female members of her family as birth companion. She can be her mother, mother-in-law or anyone else,” Das said.

She said birth companions would not only make pregnant women comfortable but also take care of her after delivery. “She will be given necessary instructions on how to take care of the newborn and the mother,” Das added.

During delivery, a woman bears immense pain that is equal to breaking of several human bones. If a loved one is close to her, it may help her bear the pain.

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