Delivery marks the end of pregnancy for a woman who gives birth to a baby. She can deliver her child either at home under the guidance of a midwife or at a hospital. There are two types of delivery- normal and caesarean (C- section) delivery.
A normal or vaginal delivery is the process where the baby comes out through the vagina, also known as the birth canal. Psychologically, it is a more positive experience for the mother. It comes with a shorter recovery time when compared to a caesarean delivery. However, it can also become stressful as you cannot be sure of the time that will be required for the completion of the process. It can be short or a very long process, and varies with every individual.
A C- section delivery is a surgical method where the baby is delivered through incisions made in the abdomen and uterus of the mother. It can be planned beforehand if you are not ready to go for a normal delivery or develop any complications in the course of your pregnancy. There are various reasons why one opts for a C-section delivery:
C-section is often considered to be a relatively safer and simpler method, but there are chances of higher risks and complications than a normal delivery.
There are various types of methods for the Delivery of a baby and those are natural birth, vaginal birth, scheduled cesarean, unplanned cesarean, vaginal birth after c-section, and scheduled induction. Each and every method of Delivery has its own benefits and drawbacks which need to be taken into consideration.
Cesarean-section is the less painful type of Delivery as it is accompanied by general anesthesia or epidural. Besides general anesthesia, epidural also ensures a painless Delivery as it minimizes the pain in the particular area involved in the Delivery. Vaginal Delivery too is rendered painless with the application of epidural.
C-section is a surgical method for the Delivery of a baby. It is considered to be better in some aspects while it has some drawbacks too. It is generally preferred in cases where the risk factors are high and the patient can undergo any kind of complications.
In other words, it can be considered a life-saving method in high-risk cases. The drawback of a c-section is the slow recovery as compared to vaginal Delivery.
A normal vaginal delivery will comprise of the following stages:
A caesarean delivery involves the following steps:
During pregnancy, you will realize the time for delivery has come if you experience any of the following conditions:
A woman cannot get pregnant, and hence not opt for delivery in the following conditions:
The side effects of delivery that may arise could be the following:
The post treatment guidelines after a delivery for the mother would be:
It takes time, special care and attention to recover from a delivery, which is considered to be a major process. After the operation, a woman needs to stay 3 days in the hospital, if there are no major complications. The full recovery takes about 4 to 6 weeks.
The safest time for the Delivery of a baby is between 39 to 41 weeks when the health risks for the neonates or complications related to the pregnancy are considered to be minimum. Though the full term for the foetus used to be 37 weeks, however, the Delivery is not supposed to be safe at this point in time as it was followed by complications in many cases.
In India, the cost of delivery, whether normal or C-section, would range from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 2,00,000 depending on the city and the hospital that you go to.
The results of a normal or a C-section delivery are permanent.
There are no alternatives to delivery.
There are a number of ways a pregnant woman can follow to ease the normal Delivery. The first and most important one can do is to stay fit and active. A gentle massage of the perineum region using wheat germ oil or almond oil is another effective method to be done around 34 weeks.
Some other ways to be considered are breathing exercises, drinking raspberry leaf tea, taking proper rest and maintaining a good energy level, drinking a lot of water, and most importantly exercising and stairs climbing.
Summary: There are various types of methods for the Delivery of a baby and those include natural birth, vaginal birth, scheduled cesarean, unplanned cesarean, vaginal birth after c-section, and scheduled induction. Cesarean-section is the less painful type of Delivery as it is accompanied by general anesthesia or epidural. Vaginal Delivery is painful but it may be favored with the application of epidural. The safest time for the Delivery of a baby is between 39 to 41 weeks.