Are you an expecting mother or are you close to someone who’s pregnant? How would you feel if someone came up to you and said this:
” You know you should go in for Underwater Birthing and UC Preservation. That will ensure a less painful delivery for you and would also secure the future of your child and his siblings“. If you’re still scratching your head then read on, this article is meant for you and if not then we would surely like to hear from you.
With new and almost daily advancements in the field of medicine, one tends to lose out on certain vital breakthroughs that can make a very significant difference in one’s life. One such field is that of Child Birth and Conception. In India and most other places, a majority of the people are aware of just two forms of child conception, namely Normal Delivery and Cesarean. But now there is a new form that’s emerging and it’s called underwater birthing. Also, what do most people do with the Umbilical Cord that is cut at childbirth? Well, they either throw them away or keep them as a lucky charm. Once again the latest trend is something known as Cord Banking and Preservation. DelhiPlanet explores these 2 trends as part of our effort to make you more knowledgeable and better informed.
Cord Banking and Preservation
Cord blood preservation is basically about saving your child’s umbilical cord blood at birth. The process is simple, safe, and only takes a few minutes- but the benefits can last a lifetime. Why? Because the precious stem cells contained in your baby’s cord blood can be used to treat life-threatening diseases that may occur later in life. Umbilical cord blood preservation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collecting stem cells in a way that is painless, non-invasive, and most importantly, safe. There have been numerous instances in the recent past where stem cell transplants, from someone’s preserved cord blood has helped people beat fatal diseases like leukemia and cancer. (Check here to read about multiple accounts of such incidents)
On the flip side Cord blood banking is still in its developmental stages and there are issues in both private and public banking that need to be resolved before it will become a widely established practice. The odds of cord blood being used are extremely low and this somehow discourages couples from going in for its preservation. While there will continue to be some debate over this concept but one thing that can be easily agreed upon is that it’s better to preserve the cord and cord blood than to throw it in the trash can.
If you’re an Indian and would like to know about Cord Banking then checkout LifeCell India, which is one of the few organizations in the country that offer this facility.
Prior to the birth of Violet (read here), underwater birthing was a concept not known in India, but things are soon going to change. Violet is the first baby to be born underwater in India, and her mother Charlotte isn’t complaining.
In UW Birthing, the mother is completely immersed in a special pool or a tub where she gives birth to her baby. The temperature of the water is adjusted to match the temperature of the mother’s body. The warm water is relaxing and eases labour by reducing the excretion of adrenaline caused by pain and fear. The water also stimulates the release of endorphins and the elasticity of the perineum is increased. These all help to result in an easier birth with fewer lacerations and tears. With increased buoyancy in the water, the pregnant woman can change her position easily. In most cases, water births are shorter and less painful and few women need analgesics. The buoyancy also causes a hormonal change in the mother’s body, giving her more oxytocin (the hormone responsible for labour contractions), making her labour more efficient.
On the flip side, there is a minute risk that the baby can aspirate water if it is raised to the surface after the birth and then re-immersed. However, midwives and obstetricians are well aware of this risk and once the baby is brought to the surface the baby is placed straight on the woman’s breast to feed and not re-immersed in the water.
Finally, DelhiPlanet salutes the institution of Motherhood and extends it’s best wishes to all expecting mommies.