Mother will not have to un­dergo la­bor pain

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Pen­jor

With the launch­ing of epidu­ral la­bor anal­ge­sia ser­vices, on the joy­ous oc­ca­sion of the Birth of His Royal High­ness the Gyalsey, now the mother of Bhutan who wishes to de­liver ba­bies in Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal (JDWNRH) can eas­ily give birth with­out hav­ing la­bor pain.

This ser­vice was a gift of Her Majesty the Gyalt­seun, to the moth­ers of Bhutan.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease, it stated that epidu­ral la­bor anal­ge­sia is a tech­nique em­ployed for pro­vid­ing pain re­lief dur­ing la­bor.

The process in­volves that injection of an anes­thetic into the epidu­ral space of the spinal cord, re­sult­ing in loss of sen­sa­tion in the lower part of the ab­domen re­liev­ing the pain of la­bor, stated the press re­lease.

From now on­wards, be­sides nor­mal de­liv­ery, epidu­ral la­bor anal­ge­sia will be made avail­able for women com­ing for de­liv­ery in JDWNRH pro­vided the women wishes to avail the ser­vices and meet the cri­te­ria for epidu­ral anal­ge­sia.

Ac­cord­ing to the Med­i­cal Su­per­in­ten­dent of JDWNRH, Dr. Gosar Pemba said that women are not el­i­gi­ble for this ser­vice if the women have low blood pres­sure be­cause this drug usu­ally causes in fall in blood pres­sure.

“But those women hav­ing high blood pres­sure is not a prob­lem be­cause it re­duces blood pres­sure and it is good for the women”, said the med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent.

Be­side that it is not el­i­gi­ble if women have prob­lems with back (de­formed) and some may have bleed­ing ten­dency. Dr. added that, if the women are al­ler­gic to the drugs then she is also not el­i­gi­ble for this ser­vice.

Dr. fur­ther added that if this has to be done, then it has to be planned and bleed­ing must be lim­ited be­fore she goes to la­bor.

With this epidu­ral la­bor anal­ge­sia there won’t be any side af­fect but Dr. Jam­pel Tsh­er­ing, Anes­the­si­ol­o­gist of JDWNRH said that with this ser­vice, the side ef­fect is very rare but there are chances if we don’t ob­serve prop­erly be­cause it is very del­i­cate, there­fore, once it is put in place we have to ob­served un­til the de­liver is over.

Min­is­ter of Health, Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk said dur­ing the launched of epidu­ral la­bor anal­ge­sia that this fa­cil­i­ties will be started from JDWNRH and af­ter de­vel­op­ing the hu­man ca­pac­ity, then it will roll out to the re­gional re­fer­ral hos­pi­tal but it might take some time to reach out to the district hos­pi­tal be­cause the hos­pi­tal should have cross sec­tion scis­sor­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Ly­onpo added that if there is no cross sec­tion scis­sor­ing fa­cil­i­ties, then it will be risky be­cause even af­ter giv­ing epidu­ral la­bor anal­ge­sia but if the women could not de­liver.

Mean­while, the neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit at JDWNRH has re­named to Gyalt­seun Jet­sun Pema neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit. Sim­i­larly, birthing cen­ter at JDWNRH re­named as Gyalt­seun Jet­sun Pema birthing cen­ter. And for the com­mu­nity health depart­ment at JDWNRH re­named as Gyalt­seun Jet­sun Pema mother and child clinic.

Mean­while, the JDWNRH recorded 13 new born ba­bies last Fri­day which in­cludes 11 new born ba­bies in­clud­ing six male and five fe­males as nor­mal birth and two ba­bies by scis­sor­ing which in­cludes two fe­male.

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