Bringing a baby into this world is the most joyous, and an amazing feeling. But it is not an easy process.
The advancement in technology and medical science, however, has made childbirth a much safer experience for both the mother and the baby.
New and different types of childbirth methods can make the delivery process less painful.
Following are a few options / methods of childbirth:
“Normal” Vaginal Delivery
- In vaginal delivery, the baby is born through the birth canal of a woman’s body. It is the most recommended way of baby-birth.
- It has many benefits like a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and a lower infection rate.
- Vaginally born baby has a lower risk of respiratory problems.
Caesarean Section (C-Section)
- In the cesarean section, the baby is delivered through a surgical incision made in the wall of the uterus and abdomen.
- When planned in advance, it is called an “elective cesarean”. If complications arise during labor, in an emergency, this option might have to be taken.
- Certain conditions like the presence of twins, a very large baby, baby in breech or transverse position makes it necessary to undertake a cesarean section.
- General anesthetic might be used to ensure you have adequate pain relief during the operation.
- A vacuum extraction procedure might be done during vaginal childbirth.
- This method is used when a baby is on its way but suddenly stops moving further down the canal.
- The doctor inserts a specialized vacuum pump to get the baby out via the canal.
- Applies the vacuum to the baby’s head and the baby is guided outward through the canal.
- Like vacuum extractions, forceps delivery could be used during vaginal delivery.
- It is used when a baby on its way but fails to fully come out from the canal. This could happen when the mother is tired and unable to push the baby out.
- A doctor uses a device that consists of two metal spoons like blades that resemble forceps and inserts them into the canal to help guide the baby outward through the canal.