Childbirth is a unique and fulfilling time in a woman’s life. Understanding how each delivery method works will help you identify the way you want to bring your little one to this world. However, you also need to understand that the different methods may not be suitable for you owing to different factors that we have also discussed in this article. Here are four popular methods of child delivery, their benefits, and disadvantages.
Popular methods of child delivery: Vaginal delivery
This form of delivery is often regarded as the safest one. The baby is taken out of the womb from the birth canal. However, vaginal delivery is also condition-specific, especially if your body is not prepared for it.
There are two ways of going about vaginal birth, medicated and non-medicated. Medicated can mean using epidurals and pain-relieving medication. Vaginal delivery only happens after 40 weeks of pregnancy. For women planning to have more than one child, vaginal delivery is considered the best option solely because the healing process of the vagina is quicker with this method. Within vaginal delivery, there are two methods to assist in this process:
A small suction cup is used to pull the baby out of the birth canal with the vacuum created. This force is much lower in speed. Once contractions begin, the baby starts to push itself out of the vagina. This method makes it easier to take the baby out safely. However, this method can leave a bruise on the baby’s head, which resolves itself in 24-48 hours.
This form of delivery involves two big spoon-like forceps that hold the baby’s head to help it out of the vagina. This process is extremely gentle and does not harm the baby or the mother in any way.
Risks of vaginal delivery
Vaginal delivery has its own set of pros and cons. The pros include lower infection rate, faster healing of your perineum, and you can be discharged sooner. Studies also suggest that infants born through this method have fewer respiratory issues.
The cons of vaginal delivery include perineum tear, or the area between your vagina and rectum might tear during delivery. This is not permanent and heals in due time. Another con is that vaginal delivery is not for everyone, sometimes due to the pain involved and other medical reasons.