During the course of your pregnancy, and as you approach your due date, your physician and the team, will give you instructions on how to prepare for labour and delivery. It can be a painful process, but your medical team will discuss pain management options with you. If you wish to request an epidural (a painkiller injected into the spine to minimize birthing pains), your physician will evaluate your condition to decide if you can be a suitable candidate.
At The Aga Khan University Hospital you will also be given the option to choose the centralized Entonox service as a method to provide pain relief during labour. Entonox is a ready-to-use medical gas mixture consisting of 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen. This is a short-term pain relief method that does not cause unconsciousness. It can also help reduce patient anxiety and is eliminated from the body quickly.
At times, labour does not proceed as expected and medical or surgical intervention is needed. Your physician and the medical team will be well trained, and well equipped to handle such emergencies, and give you, and your baby, the best possible medical care under these conditions.