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C-Section vs. Vaginal Delivery

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Should You Opt for a C-Section?

Are you confused about the reasons for a C-Section vs. Vaginal Delivery? A C-section involves a surgical procedure where you have one or more incisions made in your abdomen and uterus to aid in the delivery of a fetus or perhaps remove an expired fetus. A C-section is generally done when a vaginal delivery places the fetus or mother at risk. More recently, C-sections have gained in popularity in terms of elective surgery when vaginal births should have been the norm.

Your healthcare provider will help you decide whether you should have a C-Section vs. Vaginal Delivery. If your doctor believes you should have a cesarean section, there is probably a good reason for it. If you question your doctor's suggestion, ask him/her the reasons for such a delivery. There are a number of reasons your doctor may suggest a C-Section vs. a vaginal delivery. In general, fetal complications involve cord problems, fetus is in an incorrect birthing position (breech), or fetal head to large to pass through the pelvis. Mother complications include various medical conditions such as herpes infection, high blood pressure, diabetes, exhaustion and repeat C-section deliveries.

C-Section vs. Natural Birth

C-Section vs. natural birth is a question many women ask themselves today. C-sections are on the rise and account for 25% of all deliveries presently. Clearly C-section procedures are safer than ever before and have saved both fetuses and mothers alike. But, is this the best way to go? Complications of a C-section can put the mother and fetus at risk. Depending on the particular circumstances, if the benefits of a C-section outweigh the risks, then by all means the C-section is the better way to go. Don't be hasty and decide early on to have an elective or optional c-section. Make sure you do your homework and learn about the pros and cons of an elective C-Section.

In general, the benefits of a vaginal delivery by far outweigh a c-section unless you have medical complications that put you and/or the fetus at risk. Perhaps it seems obvious, but a vaginal delivery does not constitute major surgery. Think about the fact that a large cut will be made penetrating your lower abdomen skin, fat tissue, muscle tissue and through the layers of your uterus. You will have to recover from this surgery, experiencing a lot of pain. This will also make it more difficult in caring for your newborn initially. However, with vaginal delivery, you will have a few stitches with a swollen vaginal area that will heal quickly.

Complications of c-sections were common in the past. Generally, once you went c-section, you had to continue with c-sections. This limited the possibility for future vaginal deliveries. However, advances in surgical techniques are allowing for vaginal birth after c-section, or VBAC. These days, you may have a choice to do a c-section again or attempt a vaginal birth and have great success. Not all facilities are equipped to handle a women whose previous birth was a c-section, so be sure to find the right hospital if you plan to have a VBAC. The number of c-sections you have will limit your choices in the future and may actually limit your family size. With each pregnancy, there is an increased risk of the fetus's placenta attaching to previous scar tissue, requiring surgical removal. Recent research even suggests that choosing a VBAC after two c-sections poses no more risk than choosing to do so after one c-section.

All in all, vaginal delivery is the best way to go so long as you have no medical complications that necessitate a c-section. If you have already had a c-section, you should consider having vaginal deliveries thereafter. There is no doubt that a vaginal delivery will provide for much less blood loss and less risk of acquiring an infection. Your hospital stay is shorter as well as your over all recovery time. You will have more participation during and after the birthing process. You'll be able to hold and breast-feed your newborn sooner. Remember that repeated c-sections will have an impact on future deliveries. Each c-section you have becomes more complicated and dangerous, whereas each vaginal birth generally becomes easier. Make sure to read as much as you can and have serious discussions with your healthcare provider before deciding whether to have a c-section.