I was watching this video of (WORLD RENOWNED NEUROLOGIST ON THE NEWEST GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH – Fight Mediocrity) where at one point it brings the topic of delivery. So I thought I should know the types of delivery and childbirths.
1. Vaginal Delivery
Baby is born through the birth canal. It’s hard to know when exactly you will go into labor, but most women give birth at around 38-41 weeks of pregnancy.
Benefits of vaginal delivery:
- shorter hospital stays
- lower infection rates
- quicker recovery
- babies born vaginally have a lower risk of respiratory problems
2. Cesarian Section (C-Section)
A cesarean section or C-section is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. In certain circumstances, a C-section is scheduled in advance. In others, it’s done in response to an unforeseen complication.
Events that may require C-Section:
- Multiples (twins, triplets, etc)
- A very large baby
- Previous surgery, C-Sections, or other uterine conditions
- Baby is in breech (bottom first) or transverse (sideways) position
- Placenta previa (when the placenta is low in the uterus and covers the cervix)
- Fibroid or other large obstruction
3. Vaginal Birth After Cesarian
In the past, a C-section ended any hope of future vaginal deliveries. But today, thanks largely to changes in surgical technique, VBAC is possible in many cases.
VBAC isn’t right for everyone, though. Sometimes a pregnancy complication or underlying condition prevents the possibility of a successful VBAC.
4. Vacuum Extraction
During vacuum extraction, a health care provider applies the vacuum (a soft or rigid cup with a handle and a vacuum pump) to the baby’s head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal.
5. Forceps Delivery
In a forceps delivery, a health care provider applies forceps (an instrument shaped like a pair of large spoons or salad tongs) to the baby’s head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal.
An episiotomy is a surgical incision made in the perineum (the area of skin between the vagina and the anus). The incision enlarges the vaginal opening to allow the baby’s head to pass through more easily and to prevent tearing of the mother’s skin. Most women will not need one. This is reserved for special circumstances.
There are two types of incisions: the midline, made directly back toward the anus, and the medio-lateral, which slants away from the anus. A local anesthetic might be used in mothers who do not opt for an epidural during labor.
7. Amniotomy (“Breaking the Bag of Water”)
An amniotomy is the artificial rupture of the amniotic membranes, or sac, which contains the fluid surrounding the baby. The amniotomy can be done either before or during labor. An amniotomy is usually done to:
- Induce or augment labor
- Place an internal monitor to assess the uterine contraction pattern
- Place an internal monitor on the baby’s scalp to assess the infant’s well-being
- Check for meconium (a greenish-brown substance, which is the baby’s first stool)
8. Induced labor
Induction of labor usually means that labor needs to be started for a number of reasons. It is most often used for pregnancies with medical problems or other complications.
Medical reasons for inducing labor might include:
What hurts more: a childbirth or kick on the balls?
I’ll say Childbirth. It all sounds so painful and scary to me. I’m really moved by the fact that women show this amount of courage every time they give birth.