The union ministry of health will soon replicate the Labor Delivery and Recovery Room (LDR) concept introduced by the Telangana government, to make the labor process more mother centric. Telangana government introduced the concept two years back on a pilot basis and now the innovation has resulted in an increase of institutional deliveries in government facilities from less than 20 percent to nearly 50 percent now. The decision was taken to replicate the innovation during the national health summit that concluded in Guwahati earlier this week. The Telangana health department meanwhile charted out the design and layout of the LDR and birthing units after a series of consultation with midwives, local authorities and UNICEF authorities. A team from the state health department visited Guwahati earlier this week where a presentation was made on the subject.
Several states expressed interest in replicating the concept. “While earlier the process of giving birth involved shifting the mother during different stages of labor and there was a lack of privacy, the standardized birthing units includes all the support areas and cuts out the need to shift. Many states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Assam have chosen to introduce LDR soon while the ministry has selected this as one of the innovative schemes to be rolled out at the national level,” said Dr G Srinivas Rao, director of public health, Telangana, who was part of the delegation. The concept of LDR entails skilled assistance during birth, emergency obstetric care, neonatal resuscitation and immediate care at birth. Also kangaroo mother care and sick newborn care unit for premature and underweight babies are part of the plan. – TOI