A C-section can be planned well in advance and is preferred in specific cases such as when:
- The baby’s head is large
- Baby is breeching
- The uterus has fibroids
- Multiple births at the same time as in the case of twins
- The mother has had a C-section before as well
Risks of C-section
Some risks of having a C-section are heavy bleeding, increased blood clots, vaginal infection, and injury to neighboring organs. C-sections can sometimes also lead to unforeseen complications, which only arise once the doctor makes an incision. Experts also say that babies born through this method might have respiratory issues and might be kept in the neonatal ward for days. C-section also means more healing time and later discharge.
Popular methods of child delivery: VBAC
This method is short for vaginal birth after caesarean. It is used if you wish to have a vaginal delivery after you’ve had a C-section during your last delivery. Even though very few women opt for it, the success rate is not less for this method.
VBAC is only recommended in specialized cases because the incision caused by a C-section delivery can come in the way of this one.
Risks of VBAC
The benefits of this method are quicker recovery time as well as reduced expense, and a positive impact on future deliveries if you’re planning on having more children. A VBAC can prevent you from infections, injury to other organs, and also save you from a lot of blood clots.
VBAC, however, is not an option if you’ve had two or more C-sections before, are above the average maternal age, are obese, and if your pregnancy has surpassed the 40-week bracket.
Popular methods of child delivery: Natural delivery
A method from ancient times, it is rarely used now. This is especially because the pain threshold required for natural delivery is greater than vaginal birth and C-section. This form of delivery is also known as medication-free childbirth. However, sometimes women do opt for an epidural if the pain intensifies. Natural delivery means not using a routine IV, pain relievers, forceps, or vacuum extractors for childbirth.
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