Benefits. The greatest benefit of an epidural is the potential for a painless delivery. While you may still feel contractions, the pain is decreased significantly. During a vaginal delivery, you’re still aware of the birth and can move around.

Most women worry about labour pain and how they will endure it. Those who have experienced it will tell you that labour can be painful. But those same women can also tell you how they coped with it, and in most cases, without medical interventions.

“I was scared and doubted my ability to bear the pain. But with the guidance I received through my consultations and antenatal classes, I realized that I have the strength to go through it,” shares Dr. Shradhha Thakur, a first-time mother.

“We encourage expecting women to harness their inner strength and will power because they each have the potential to go through labour on their own with adequate support,” says Dr. Shradhha Thakur, Consultant Obstetrician – Gynecologist at Dr. Shradhha Thakur Hospital in Nagpur.

Ask Dr. Shradhha Thakur how she dealt with labour, and she is quick to list out tips for an almost painless normal delivery.

She cautions “Don’t expect these methods to magically eliminate all pain. You should rather try them out if you believe that like our ancestors, you too have the ability to give birth with the least interventions.”