• Nikki Roberts

Birthing methods: All you need to know

There are more ways than one for a woman to give birth. While natural and C-section delivery are the most basic options, some differences can happen.

If you're an expectant mother who wants to know what other birth methods are available for you, read on. This post will also guide you on how to choose the right delivery method.


Different delivery methods of giving birth

There are only two basic types of birth methods--natural vaginal delivery and cesarean section. Others differ based on location.


Natural vaginal delivery

This is the body's natural way of giving birth to a child, where an infant goes through the birth canal. The advantage of vaginal delivery is that the risk of infants developing certain problems is reduced. These risks include asthma, respiratory problems, lactose intolerance, and food allergies.


Every year, roughly 60% of pregnant women go through natural childbirth. Some women go through the process with ease, while others will need a bit of assistance, such as:

Amniotomy Episiotomy Forceps extraction Induced labour Vacuum extraction

The natural birth method is not without risks. A baby can experience physical trauma, resulting in bruising, broken bones (rare cases), and swelling when passing through the birth canal.


Caesarean section

This surgical procedure is performed when it's not possible for a pregnant mother to deliver through the birth canal. In some cases, doctors switch from vaginal delivery to C-section when complications arise.


Because such a procedure is invasive, it must be done in a hospital. This operation involves making an incision on the abdomen and uterus, so the baby is delivered.


Homebirth

As the name suggests, this is a delivery method done at home, where the mother feels most comfortable and relaxed. She has more control over her labour position and the conditions of the people present and her environment.


Midwives usually assist home births, providing information on procedures for delivery, coaching, and the required medical tools such as sutures and oxygen.


Waterbirth

This delivery method can be done either at home or in a hospital that offers this option. What happens is that an expectant mother is placed in a waist-deep pool of water that is clean and warm.


Because the water temperature soothes and relaxes the cervix as it dilates, the need for an epidural for pain management is reduced. In this method, the baby is delivered in the pool.


Not only does water birth minimise the strain on the mother, but also for the baby. The infant does not experience a shock to the system. Except for C-section, most delivery methods would involve some pain management techniques.


How to identify the right birth method for you

There's no hard-and-fast rule in doing so since giving birth is personal. You must take time to think about which delivery method is right for you and your baby.


Investigate all your options, especially the pros and cons. Then, choose a method that you feel most comfortable and excited about.


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If you are an expecting mum and would like professional advice on a birthing method best suited to you or alternatively have any questions, please make an online enquiry here and we will contact you.

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