Virtual reality plays an important role, and it provides opportunities to various people in everything that includes swimming in the ocean to flying through outer space with ease. These technology-fun options are innumerable.

But how does it fit into childbirth?

Virtual reality eases the pain of women while delivering a baby. Every childbirth experience is different as the pain threshold is different for different people. Virtual reality also helps the patient handle treatment that is painful and stressful such as chemotherapy and dental treatments.

First Patient who experience virtual reality:

Erin Martucci is the first woman who experienced virtual reality during childbirth. She doesn’t want to take any drugs for the labor pain.

Virtual reality apps:

There are virtual reality apps also available for the patients. Virtual reality apps help the patient get through the anxiety of staying in the hospital and dealing with the pain.

Dr. Wong is studying the use of virtual reality to help patients come through contractions during labor. Women are asked to put on virtual reality goggles for 30 minutes, and then they could choose to watch whichever virtual reality scenario they like.

According to Dr. Wong, nowadays, virtual reality, digital technology, and artificial intelligence are everywhere.

It makes sense when it aids in medical and healthcare. Virtual reality makes imaginary time more real. It’s like an association or guided meditation on steroids. Virtual reality expands and amplifies the mind-body connection. The mind can be mighty and effective in healing and how the pain is sensed, detected, and comprehended.

Does it work?

Virtual reality is found very effective in reducing acute as well as chronic pain. Dr. Wong desires and expects to see women using goggles to be satisfied and pleased with this experience. In this way, virtual reality is better for them as it helps them manage and handle the labor pain.
 

Why is the patient concerned?

Dr. Wong said this might be especially appropriate and applicable to women who want a physiologic or “natural” birth (for example, they hope to avoid narcotics or epidurals). If VR provides a beneficial and functional diversion for women in labor, it could provide an alternative managing system that enables women to have birth experience in the most natural way possible.

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Dr. Hafsa Akbar

I have a MBBS from King Edward Medical University and did my clinical training at Pakistan’s Mayo Hospital, one of the most prestigious medical institutions in South Asia. My passion for medicine led...

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