The birth: as a pregnant woman you can not escape it. It is often something that you look forward to during pregnancy. After all, you are finally seeing your baby and at the same time you are a little disappointed. Every woman knows that the delivery will hurt. This pain is greater in some women than in others. If you consider serious pain relief with medication, you should give birth in the hospital.
In this article you can read more about the ways of pain relief during hospital delivery.
Pain relief during hospital delivery:
Pain relief childbirth: Back puncture
The most effective way of controlling pain during hospital delivery is the spinal puncture. You hardly feel anything anymore after the spinal puncture. There are two forms of the spinal puncture. The epidural epidural is applied during a vaginal delivery. Spinal anesthesia is used in caesarean sections.
Do you have a cesarean section then you can opt for the spinal puncture where only your lower body is completely anesthetized or you opt for a complete anesthetic. In any case, you always get an anesthetic.
With a vaginal delivery you get the epidural spinal puncture. Here, an anesthetic is applied through the catheter (thin tube) between the vertebrae. This place is called the epidural space. In the epidural space nerves that carry the pain stimuli from the uterus and pelvic floor to the brain.
The spinal puncture ensures that these stimuli are switched off so that you no longer feel the contractions. It may be that after the spinal puncture you have less muscle strength in your legs since the nerves of these muscles are in the same place. An epidural must always be administered under surveillance because it can cause complications such as a sharp drop in blood pressure.
Pain relief childbirth: Remifentanil infusion (pain pump)
The pain pump with remifentanil is another method for pain relief during a hospital delivery. The midel is administered by means of an infusion. You get a pump in your hand that you can operate yourself. The moment you need pain relief (for example during a wee) you press the pump.
Remifentanil is less analgesic than an epidural, but can still help to reduce the pain. In some women more than in others. It also has one psychological effect: because you have the feeling that you can 'push away' the pain, you can relax better. The drug works very quickly and the effect lasts a few minutes. As soon as your wee is over, the means has also been worked out. The advantage of this is that you can keep using 100% during the pressing process.
Pain relief childbirth: Pethidine (injection)
Pethidine is a substance that looks like morphine. It is always given a few hours (at least 3 hours) before delivery when your digestion is 1 to 2 centimeters. The substance causes you to suffer and in addition it suppresses the pain. Usually pethidine is chosen if, for example, you have had a bad night's sleep for a few days or if the delivery does not continue.
Thanks to the drug you can take a good rest and maybe even sleep for a couple of hours (in combination with a sleeping aid) before you have to bake. The pain will be less intense during childbirth. The disadvantage is that you still suffer from it and your birth is probably in a daze.
So there are a few options for pain relief during hospital delivery. The methods used are often dependent on the hospital where you will give birth. If you have a preference for a certain way of pain management, discuss it with your midwife or gynecologist. They know in which hospital you should give birth.