Mother will not have to undergo labor pain
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.