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As an expecting mother, preparing for delivery is one of the most important concerns you have during your pregnancy. Preparing for your big day is important. The biggest decision is regarding the type of delivery you want to opt for.
So here’s a guide to the different types of delivery, which will help you make your choice:
1. Normal Vaginal Birth
This is the most natural method of delivery. For a natural vaginal birth, your cervix must be fully dilated, accompanied by contractions of the uterus, which help you push the baby out. The best way to prepare for a normal delivery includes practising breathing techniques and taking some classes for childbirth during pregnancy.
The advantages of a natural birth are that it allows for a faster recovery, is better for your health in the future and that it allows you to have early contact and bonding with your newborn.
In some cases, however, it may be too painful or tiring, and the doctor may suggest assisting your vaginal birth with vacuum, forceps or pain management medications like epidurals.
2. Cesarean Section
During a cesarean section (C-Section), an obstetrician surgically removes the baby through an incision in your abdominal and uterine wall. Although rarely recommended, a C-Section is the better option if your baby is in the wrong position for delivery. Sometimes, complications during labour may also create a need for a C-Section.
A C-Section is conducted under anaesthesia, which can lead to some complications later on. Moreover, it increases the time you need to recover and may delay early breastfeeding.
3. Medicated Childbirth
To handle the pain in a normal vaginal birth, your doctor may give you a painkiller medication to help manage labour pain. There are 4 types of anaesthesia that can be administered during labour:
Intravenous drugs are the least popular as they make the mother feel drowsy. This makes it difficult for her to push to give birth. Local anaesthesia numbs down the area where the anaesthesia is administered. Spinal anaesthesia is commonly used during c-section. It numbs the entire lower half of the body.
Epidural anaesthesia is the most popular one. A small catheter is inserted into the spinal cord through which the doctor can increase or decrease the epidural medication according to the mother’s needs.
While some mothers report that medication makes delivery almost painless, other mothers have had troubles with the medication itself. It is useful for mothers who experience a very long duration of labour, but can also lead to complications during delivery. You should always consult your doctor about the pros and cons before opting for these medications.
4. Water Birth
A water birth is a normal vaginal birth that takes place in a tub of water. The warm water helps manage the pain of labour, improve blood circulation, and is said to make the baby’s transition smoother as water is similar to the amniotic fluid inside the womb.
However, it is not recommended in cases of multiple births and breech babies. You should also consult your doctor and find a centre that has the appropriate equipment as well as the right doctors to carry out a water birth.
The birthing option you choose is a personal choice, but you should always speak to your OB-GYN about your options beforehand. This will help you feel more prepared for your big day. No matter how you deliver, just know that your childbirth is a special time, one that brings you closer to holding your little one in your arms for the first time!