7 Birthing Choices And 7 Reasons Why Not To Do Them

With every kick and every turn the lucky mother experiences within her stomach, is one day closer to seeing the face behind the madness in there. Research has shown that the way a woman experiences childbirth is vitally important for the relationship with her future child. The type of childbirth experience is a personal choice the mother makes on her journey to meeting her little one. Every mother wants something different that is the best for her and her baby. One mother may not care and just go to the local hospital, whereas another mother wants a more private experience.

It is important to know that whatever childbirth option a mother chooses, she must consult with a doctor first. There are several limiting factors such as what your insurance covers, if you have a high-risk pregnancy, and where you live and what hospitals are near you. Where the mother chooses to give birth is important and mothers have reported that it highly affected their birthing experience from how close they were to their midwife to pain relief options. Every mother, willingly or unwillingly, plans her birth plan and she needs to know her options, what type of birthing experiencing she wants to have, if she can afford the hospital stay, and what the complications of childbirth processes are. I have compiled a list of seven birthing choices and seven reasons why you should not do them.

14 Planned Home Births

A planned home birth is when an expectant mother chooses to give birth at home instead of a hospital. The most common home birth is water birth; when the mother sits in a pool/tub and delivers the baby. The assistance of a midwife, nurse, doctor, or anyone that is licensed is still necessary even though it’s taken place outside of the hospital. Planned home births are chosen by mothers who wish to give birth in a familiar environment or have more control over the birthing process that she wouldn’t have in a hospital. Home births are not the best option for every expecting mother and should get a consultation from their doctor if they are a good candidate for it. Only healthy mothers having a normal pregnancy with no medical risk factors are advised to have a home birth.

13 Why To Not Have A Home Birth

Planned home births have double to triple the risk of infant death or severe injury than births planned at the hospital. Having a home birth without a licensed professional there, triples those risks. If the baby is not positioned correctly, has an abnormal heart rate, not breathing after delivery, or if you are excessively bleeding or have not completely delivered the placenta, or any other issues that arise, no one will be there to take you to the hospital or administer you professional services to help deliver a healthy baby. Even though some claim this method to be less expensive, there is still a possibility that your insurance may not completely cover any associated costs. If the mother previously had a C Section, there could be major complications that only a hospital staff could properly address. Home births are associated with double to triple the risk of infant deaths than in hospitals. If the mother is pregnant with twins or more, there is equipment only the hospitals have that need to be used on the babies and make sure they are functioning properly. Common pain reliefs during birth such as epidurals will not be available to women that choose home births.

12 Medicated Childbirth

Medicated childbirths are when the expectant mother chooses to be medicated during the childbirth, as opposed to having the child without any pain medication. This medication, provided by the hospital staff, is designed to dull or eliminate any pain associated to delivering the baby. The mother is expected to communicate with the doctor about which medication is right for her. Demerol is a type of analgesic that is given through an IV drip, the epidural is a type of anesthetic that is given through a needle in the spine, and general anesthesia which is given a variety of ways but causes the mother to be unconscious during the birth. Medicated childbirths is the most common way chosen by expecting mothers to give birth.

11 Why Not To Have A Medicated Childbirth

This method of childbirth is often preferred because mothers do not want to experience pain during childbirth, however the majority feel pain regardless. Research has shown that women who have medicated childbirths have longer labor with more complications than women who choose to have natural childbirths with no medication. Epidural anesthesia, can cause the mother’s blood pressure to drop suddenly, causing routine checks to make sure the baby is received the proper amount of blood flow. Being hooked up to several IVs and being "doped" up, makes the mother feel more like a patient rather than feeling like an expecting mother. The epidurals are cold, uncomfortable, and painful. Analgesics can cause the baby to be born sleepy, unable to suck, or have problems breathing. During the anesthetics, you are completely numb taking away your ability to go to the bathroom and other motor functions. When you are initially administered anesthetics, no one is allowed in the room with you which makes it a harder experience to go through. The contractions get more painful once you are administered the medication. The recovery process after having a medicated childbirth is longer and harder than a natural childbirth.

10 C-Section

A cesarean “C” Section is when the baby is delivered through a surgery by incisions in the mother’s wall and uterus. Women have claimed this is more convenient for them because since the date is planned, they have time to prepare better and are less stressed and anxious about it. Usually C Sections are planned, however sometimes a C Section is necessary when something goes wrong during childbirth. If a child is expected to be large and difficult to deliver vaginally or if the mother is expecting twins or more, as well as multiple other reasons, then the doctor would more than likely recommend a C Section. They currently makes up about 34% of all births and is on the rise. Despite its popularity, there are several reasons why you should not opt for a C Section.

9 Why To Not Have A C-Section 

C Sections are major surgeries, therefore you will have a longer recovery time as opposed to other birthing methods. It will be more difficult for you to raise your newborn while still trying to recover from the surgery. Having a C Section will also postpone you being able to breastfeed and you won’t be allowed to have immediate contact with your baby, which studies have shown to effect how you later bond with your child. The C Section also effects your baby because it heightens the risk of the child having respiratory problems. You lose more blood in a C Section than in a vaginal childbirth. 2-3% of mothers who have C Sections end up requiring a blood transfusion. Research has shown that the risk of neonatal death, death in newborns during the first 28 days of life, is higher in babies that are delivered via C Section rather than vaginal. There are complications from anesthesia including severe headaches and nausea. The effects of the anesthesia can also affect the baby causing the child to born sluggish or inactive.

8 Vaginal Birth

The most common ways to give birth is by vaginal birth. The baby is pushed from the uterus through the vagina. The usual stay in a hospital after giving vaginal birth is about 36-48 hours, however a mother can elect to leave whenever she wants to. There are several different types of vaginal births such as a spontaneous vaginal delivery, when the mother goes into labor without the use of any drugs or procedures to induce labor, an assisted vaginal delivery, when the mother goes into labor without the use of any drugs or procedures to induce labor however uses special instruments to assist the mother with the delivery, an induced vaginal delivery, when the mother has to have her labor induced, or a normal vaginal delivery which is not induced and does not require any special instruments to help assist the mother with the delivery. Even though this is the most popular way to give birth, there are several reasons why one should not choose this method of giving birth.

7 Why Not To Have Vaginal Birth

Some side effects to having a vaginal birth include possible stretching or tearing of the skin and tissues around the vagina while the baby moves through. Those tears could then require stitches or will experience weakness or injury to pelvic muscles. Some studies have proven that women who have vaginal births or more likely to urinate on themselves when laughing, sneezing, or coughing. The mother may also experience lingering pan in relation to the vaginal birth. If the baby is large, he/she may get injured during the actual birthing process, and have a bruised scalp or fractured collarbone that would not have occurred had the child been delivered via C Section. There are several unseen complications that often occur which includes excessive bleeding and maternal hemorrhaging. Mothers have reported experiencing pain after having intercourse within the first three months after having their child.

6 Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

After having a Cesarean “C” Section for their first pregnancy, a mother may choose to have vaginal birth instead for her second pregnancy. This is called VBAC, or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. There are many risks why someone should not have a VBAC. The mother must first consult with the doctor and they have a Trial Of Labor After Cesearan or a TOLAC in which the mother goes into the labor with the goal to deliver vaginally. If this does not work, then a C Section takes place. 4 out of every 10 women who have TOLAC usually end up having to have a C Section afterwards. It was previously recommended for mothers to not have a child vaginally after a C Section. Even though some mothers and doctors have seen this as a safe choice, there are several reasons why you should not have a VBAC.

5 Why Not To Have A VBAC

There is a risk of failed labor and uterine rupture. Uterine rupture is when the uterus tears open along the prior C Section scar. An emergency C Section may have to take place to prevent any life-threatening injuries to you and/or your baby. Some complications include excessive bleeding and infection for the mother and brain damage for the baby. The uterus may have to be removed to prevent any further bleeding. If your uterus is removed, this means you will no longer be able to become pregnant. You can only have this at hospitals that offer rapid emergency C Sections. There is a higher risk of infection who end up having a C Section rather than giving birth vaginally. After you have two C Section scars, each added scar increases the risk of placenta problems later on in your next pregnancy.

4 Vacuum Extraction

Vacuum extraction is a procedure sometimes done during vaginal birth. The healthcare provider applies to vacuum, a soft or rigid cup with a handle and a vacuum pump, to the baby’s head to help guide the child out of the vagina. A vacuum extraction is usually performed while the mother is having contractions and pushing. Your doctor may recommend vacuum extraction during your second stage of childbirth if your cervix if fully dilated, your membranes have burst, and your baby is in the birth canal headfirst, however you are not able to push the baby out, or if the baby’s health depends on an instant delivery. If the vacuum extraction fails, a C Section is often the next step taken. There are several reasons why this should be rejected when offered.

3 Why To Not Have A Vacuum Extraction


Some possible risks to the mother is pain, tears, and wounds, short or long term difficulty going to the bathroom, a blood condition anemia, or weakening of the muscles supporting your pelvic organs. Possible risks to the baby include scalp wounds, a higher risk of the baby shoulder’s getting stuck after the head is delivered causing nerve injury, skull fracture, or even bleeding within the skull. If the vacuum extraction is failed, a C Section will be needed and that comes with its own set of risks. If your health physician performs an episiotomy, an incision between the mother's vagina and anus that can assist with the childbirth, there are risks or postpartum bleeding and infections. Babies that are born via vacuum extraction develop a bump on their head where the suction cup was attached. If the cup is not attached correctly the mother, she could experience damage to her vagina and cervix.

2 Forceps Delivery

A forceps delivery is a type of assisted vaginal birth that may be needed during childbirth. The health care physician will apply forceps to the baby’s head to help guide the child out of the vagina while the mother is having contractions and pushing. Forceps are instruments shaped like a pair of large spoon shaped tongs. Forceps are usually recommended from your physician when during the second stage of labor if your cervix if fully dilated, your membranes have burst, and your baby is in the birth canal headfirst, however you are not able to push the baby out, or if the baby’s health depends on an instant delivery. If the forceps delivery fails, then then a C Section is the next thing that must take place. There are several risks that are posed to both the mother and the baby during this type of childbirth and should not be chosen.

1 Why To Not Have A Forceps Delivery

Possible risks to the mother include pain in the perineum after giving birth, tears and wounds, difficulty urinating, and weakening of the muscles and ligaments supporting your pelvis. Long term effects it could have on the mother include a blood condition named anemia, injuries to the bladder, uterine rupture, and urinary or fecal incontinence. If the health care physician does an episiotomy, you are at a risk for postpartum bleeding and infection. The risks to your baby include minor facial injuries, temporary weakness in the facial muscles, minor external eye trauma, skull fracture or seizures. There could be minor marks on your child's face after a forceps delivery that could be permanent. The physician may not move as quickly as they should when a C Section is required which could cause injury to your child. There is a possibility that the baby could experience bleeding within the skull.

Source: MayoClinic

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