Back in the day, women didn’t have much of a choice when it came to giving birth. They were prepped and got ready to give natural, vaginal birth. But luckily things have changed a lot over the years, and there seem to be a plethora of choices. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at what your options are for giving birth.
What your options are for giving birth
When you choose a vaginal delivery, your baby will be born through the birth canal. You’ll go into natural labour, which might be between weeks 38 to 41 of pregnancy. Unless there’s a medical reason why you can’t, the best option would be to plan for a natural, vaginal delivery. The benefits of vaginal delivery include a shorter hospital stay, lower infection rates, a quicker recovery, and a baby with a lower risk of respiratory problems.
C-sections are becoming more and more common these days, and they’re usually done when there are risks involved in natural delivery. Babies born by C-section are born via a surgical incision made into the mother’s abdomen and uterus. Women that have C-sections might be expecting twins, have very large babies or might have had previous C-sections or uterine conditions. An emergency C-section can also be performed if your baby is in breach or transverse positions.
Vaginal Birth after C-Section
A VBAC is when a woman successfully has a vaginal delivery after having previously undergone a C-section. They say that up to 75% of women who attempt VBAC are successful. Keep in mind that not all VBAC procedures go according to plan. Yes VBAC has a great success rate, but not all pregnancies are the same. Some are much riskier. In which case another C-section will have to be performed.
Sometimes, during the course of natural childbirth, vacuum extraction might be necessary. This is when your doctor uses a vacuum to gently guide the baby out of the birth canal and speed up the delivery process. When the delivery of your baby is taking too long, it may be neccesary to call on a vacuum extraction.
As a type of vaginal delivery, a forceps delivery helps ensure your baby makes it out of the birth canal. If this procedure is necessary, your doctor will apply forceps to your baby’s head in order to guide him or her out of the birth canal.