The advancement of birth science means that women now have a choice in what kind of delivery they will have. Most women will opt for a vaginal birth. It is the natural way to deliver, and for most women is the preferred method. A C-section is the other option. This is when the doctor makes a small cut in the groin area and removes the baby though the mother’s side. There are advantages and disadvantages to each birth method.
A natural birth is the method now preferred by most doctors. When it goes well, vaginal delivery is very safe today. A healthy woman can recover from giving birth fairly quickly. Many women are back on their feet the same day. The pain experienced in childbirth may help a mother bond with her baby. Hormones released during the process can help the body recover from pregnancy and possibly help milk start to flow. Your new baby is often placed onto your chest soon after birth. Natural birth proponents believe that these first few minutes are invaluable to the mother child bonding process.
There are downsides to natural vaginal birth. It will be painful. Drugs and epidurals can be used, but not all sensation is blocked. It can cause tearing in the vaginal opening. Sometimes the tearing can forever change the woman’s body. It can also be dangerous for some. Babies can suffer unforeseen troubles like being wrapped up in the cord or not being properly positioned. Mothers can suffer hemorrhaging and bleed to death. Natural birth can be a long process. Some births can take several days. They are also unpredictable. An uninduced birth can take place anytime within the 38th to 42nd weeks of pregnancy.
A C-section birth carries different advantages and disadvantages. For some women, they are much safer than vaginal delivery. Others choose this method for themselves. A C-section is a short and pain-less operation. Most C-section deliveries take roughly 30 minutes, start to finish. The mother and her doctor can pick a time that she finds convenient. If the doctor uses a ‘bikini’ cut, the scar will be small and nearly invisible. Today many planned C-section doctors use what is called a gentle C-section. This operation allows for the mother to be awake, with family and to experience skin to skin contact with her new child, much like a vaginal delivery.
Most downsides to a C-section occur after birth. The mother just had major surgery. It will take some time for her to heal. She may be incapacitated for a few weeks. Her incision may become infected or she may suffer a blood clot.
Your pregnancy and birth process is possibly the most personal experience of your life. You are your best advocate. Your doctor can offer guidance and medical counsel. In the end, it is your body and your child. Choose the birth that is right for you.