Some facts about Normal birth and C-section that women must keep in Mind
Having a baby is an extremely joyous occasion and the happiness the parents feel is indescribable. However, women must know about the two types of birthing methods beforehand so that they can choose and cope in a better manner. We bring you information about the Normal birth as well as the C-section. No one likes to think too much about the possibility of things going wrong during childbirth, but it is important to remember that if anything does go awry and you suspect negligence could be to blame, there are several legal options in a birth injury case. Read on to find out more about the childbirth process.
1 Normal Delivery
This is the natural way of delivery wherein the baby is born from the birth canal. There are some different procedures in this form of delivery. A natural birth is where the woman goes into labour and gives birth on her own without any medical assistance. An assisted delivery is where she goes into labour naturally but the baby is brought out of the birth canal using either forceps or vacuum. An induced natural birth is where the woman is given medications to induce labour and then she gives birth which may or may not use forceps and vacuum. This method of delivery has its own pros and cons which we shall discuss below.
2 Pros of normal Birth
There is a sense of accomplishment and achievement in this type of birth as the woman has an active role to play by pushing the baby out of the birth canal.
- The hospital stay is shorter with an early recovery period with less postpartum pain.
- The baby is less likely to have illnesses with greater immunity.
- In future pregnancies labour may get shorter leading to faster delivery.
- Mothers can breastfeed the baby immediately after birth leading to better bonding between them.
- There is less risk to internal injuries and complications.
3 Cons of normal Birth
- Fear of labour may cause anxiety in some women.
- Some rare complications may occur during labour and delivery.
- Women are at risk for perineum tears form a Normal birth. It could be a mild tear to a fourth-degree laceration that could tear into the rectum.
- The baby may face the risk of oxygen deprivation. It’s important to understand the birth injury liability in this situation. Medical mistakes can be made and you might know what’s right and what’s wrong when you’re giving birth, especially if this is your first child.
- The baby may experience physical trauma from passing through the birth canal which is more in assisted delivery cases like forceps and vacuum.
- If a surgical procedure of episiotomy has been done, healing could take some time.
- Urinary incontinence could come up later on in life for some women.
4 Cesarean Section
A cesarean section is performed when there are complications in normal delivery. However these days many women are opting for c-section due to ease and shorter time required. A c-section is a surgery wherein an incision is made on the stomach and then the baby is removed from the uterus. The cuts are then stitched up. This type of delivery also has its pros and cons which have been discussed below.
5 Pros of C-Section
- It could be more convenient for working women as they can plan their birth and care in a better manner.
- There is reduced risk for postpartum hemorrhage. The uterus does not contract after the baby and the placenta are delivered.
- There are lesser complications like infection, accidental injury to internal organs and lacerations to the baby.
- If the mother has diseases like STD (herpes, HIV, hepatitis, and HPV), the risk of infecting the baby is minimal.
- There is reduced risk of birth trauma to the baby such as swelling or bruising.
- There is lesser risk of pelvic floor injury in this type of birth.
6 Cons of C-Section
There could be complications from anaesthesia. This may include severe headache and vomiting. The baby may be born dull or inactive.
- The hospital stay is longer followed by a long recovery period.
- In this type of delivery if the birth calculations are not correct, the baby may be born pre-term.
- There could be accidental injuries to the bowels and bladder which were caused through no fault of your own. If you do incur some birth injuries that were caused by medical error, contact a lawyer to see if you’re entitled to any compensation.
- There is more blood loss in this type of delivery.
- There is decreased bowel function after this delivery.
- Breastfeeding is tougher.
- There could be uterine rupture.
- The baby may develop respiratory problems.
- The baby may have lower APGAR score.
- Postpartum infections, opening of the wound, blood clots in the veins could be a possibility.
Women must choose the type of birth based on their health. Fear must not be the driving factor behind any decision. Having a baby is the most important milestone in a woman’s life, choose well and stay happy.