Every delivery type summed up!
Getting to know you’ll have your baby in a span of nine months is all rainbows and butterflies, except that morning sickness ruining your sleep obviously *eye roll*. I’ve seen a lot of girls around me in this phase to know what happens afterwards. As the initial excitement wears off and you have learned to live with your saas repeatedly saying ‘Insha Allah beta ho ga :’)’, real problems come knocking at your door. Questions start to mess with your already hormonal self – what should you name your baby? Will you be a good mother? Agar bacha kala hua to? Or the most important one being ‘how in the world are you actually supposed to deliver the not-so-tiny human being?’
While your gynaecologist is the best person to consult in this matter, doing your own research is always good. But, guess what? We have already done it for you (how cool are we?!). When looking for the types of deliveries, the first thing you need to know is that there are only two main types, the rest are simply their subtypes. Vaginal delivery is one and then other is Cesarean section (commonly known as C-section).
The Vaginal Delivery:
This is the most common method that women sort to mostly because it’s natural. In it, the baby travels through the birth canal and comes out of the vaginal opening. Listed below are the subtypes:
• Induced labour:
This method includes stimulating contractions a little before the process actually begins. Doctors resort to this method for a variety of reasons concerning the health of both the child and the mother.
• Vacuum Extraction (VE):
Otherwise known as ventouse, consists of attaching a small soft cup to a vacuum pump. That cup attaches itself to the baby’s head and guides it through the birth canal.
An episiotomy is the method of delivery by instilling a small incision from anus to vagina. In order to make more space for the baby, it is often done at the second stage of labour.
This includes tearing through the amniotic sac to release the amniotic fluid (literally ‘breaking the water’). Amniotomy is also used to induce labour.
• Forceps Delivery:
It involves using forceps (an instrument similar to salad tongs) to carefully hold the baby’s head to pull it out of the birth canal.
It is a surgical method in which the doctors make an incision through the mother’s abdomen and uterus. C-section is often planned beforehand if there are some health concerns available. In other cases, doctors can change to it mid labour. This might be due to any major health concerns to the mother or the baby.
Vaginal Birth After C-section is a method in which a mother has previously given birth through C-section but can give vaginal birth the second time.
Immediately report back to your mother and mother-in-law once you are done with this part and later, consult with your health care provider too.
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