Scientific and medical advancement today has not only worked to reduce mortality, but also make childbirth safer for all mothers – no matter the challenges and complications. In present day, a natural delivery is not the only option. And if a couple is already expecting a baby or are planning for one, it helps to know of the various options available, who needs them and how a couple canchoose the right one.
This the oldest, and still the most utilised method for delivery. And rightly so. This method, if all is well, barely has any downsides. Almost all obstetricians and gynaecologists suggest giving birth vaginally unless there is a medical condition.
Apart from the fact that there are almost no risks to a vaginal birth, the benefits are aplenty. The hospital stays are shorter; babies born vaginally have a lower risk of having respiratory issues; the recovery of the mother is quicker compared to other methods; and lower infection rates.
Vaginal birth is the advisable method for everyone unless there is a complication which would harm the mother and the baby.
Many women who suffer from a medical condition or a complication during are advised this method. More often, the decision to undergo a C-Section is taken by the doctor when a complication is discovered during labour. It often happens that the mother doesn’t have the tolerance for labour pain, and as a result is unable to push the baby out, causing problems for the mother as well as the baby. This is when C-section proves to be life-saving.
C-section is also recommended if it’s a multiple pregnancy, if the baby is too large, if the baby is not in the normal position in the uterus, if the mother is suffering from fibroids or any such large obstruction.
This method is used during a vaginal childbirth. The doctor uses a soft cup with a handle to create a suction type of pressure on the baby’s head and gently helps the baby out of the birth canal. This method is generally decided upon during the delivery in case of a minor harmless obstruction, or if the mother is unable to push any further due to exhaustion or intolerance of labour pains after a point.
Forceps can be used during a vaginal delivery to gently hold the baby’s head to help it out of the birth canal. It is resorted to in case of minor complications during delivery.
Until a few years ago, if you underwent a C-Section in the past, your chances of having a vaginal delivery after that would be down to zero. But due to advancement in surgical techniques in recent years, women can have a successful vaginal birth even after having a C-Section in the past. In fact, over 70 percent women have a successful VBAC.
However, a VBAC isn’t for everyone. And should be opted for only after thorough consultation with the obstetrician.
Do your research on the subject thoroughly. Don’t hesitate to have an in-depth discussion regarding the same with your obstetrician. Knowing the various possibilities of childbirth methods will ease your anxiety when the big day arrives.
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