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- Dec 27 2017
DIFFERENT TYPES OF DELIVERY METHODS
Expecting Mothers today are offered a variety of delivery types to choose from. It depends on the overall health and other conditions that may affect the mother and the baby.
Some of the most common forms of childbirth techniques are:
1. Vaginal Delivery
Vaginal birth is the most recommended form of delivery. The baby is born through the birth canal. A spontaneous vaginal delivery happens on its own, without requiring doctors to use procedures to help pull the baby out. The length of the labour process differs from woman to woman. Women who are giving birth for the first time tend to go through labour for 12 to 24 hours, while women who have previously undergone a delivery may only go through labour for 6 to 8 hours.
Advantages of vaginal delivery:
- shorter hospital stays
- reduced infection rates
- quicker recovery
- babies born vaginally have a lower risk of respiratory problems
2. Caesarean Section (C-Section)
Not all women go through natural delivery. There can be complications that may require a C-section. A caesarean section or C-section is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother's abdomen and uterus. C-sections are generally scheduled in advance and planned.
Scenarios that may require C-Section:
- Multiple births (twins, triplets)
- A large baby
- A prior C-section
- If the baby is in breach or traverse position
- Placenta is located lower in the uterus
- Fibroid or other large obstruction
3. Vaginal Birth after Caesarean
In the past, a C-section meant the end of any possibility of future vaginal deliveries but due to medical advancements, VBAC is possible in most cases. However, it is difficult to find an obstetrician and hospital that support this type of delivery.
4. Vacuum Extraction
A vacuum extraction is a procedure sometimes carried out during the course of a vaginal childbirth. In this procedure, the Doctor applies the vacuum (a soft or rigid cup with a handle and a vacuum pump) to the baby's head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal. Your Doctor may recommend vacuum extraction when you are pushing but if the labour is not progressing.
5. Forceps Delivery
A forceps delivery is a form of assisted operative vaginal delivery. In a forceps delivery, the Doctor applies forceps (an instrument shaped like a pair of large spoons or salad tongs) to the baby's head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal.
Regardless of whatever delivery options you are opting for, the goal should be to have a healthy baby. Discuss with your health care provider about the best available delivery procedure that ensures minimal risk to you and the baby.
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