Having a baby changes your life and after waiting nine months, you're ready to see your little one. But before you can finally meet your newborn, they must be delivered and there are multiple different options when it comes to delivering a baby. Whether this is your first baby or your second, once you go into the delivery room, your baby is in control.
This could mean that how you planned to have your baby isn't the way they are finally delivered. Keep reading to discover what information you want to know about the different types of deliveries.
10 Each Baby Can Be Delivered Differently
If you have already have one or two kids, you might know the way that you want to deliver them. It's great to know about the process and find one that you feel comfortable with, but you need to remember that you need to do what is best for your baby.
That could mean that you need to deliver your baby a different way than you had planned or expected to. This might end up upsetting you, but just know that the doctors and nurses have you and your baby’s best interest at heart.
9 Induced Labor Can Help If You Have Medical Issues
Sometimes when a woman is expecting, the baby doesn't want to come on their own and the doctors must induce labor. EssentialParent has stated that induced labor is also common when women have medical issues. For example, if you are pre-eclampsia or have gestational diabetes, it's typical for a doctor to induce labor to help get things going.
Also, if a woman is 40 years old or older, labor might not come as naturally. No matter the reason for inducing labor, it's a way for doctors to make sure that the baby and mother are healthy.
8 Forceps Delivery Can Help Adjust A Baby’s Position
Unfortunately, babies have their own minds and will move around any way they want to until they are born. Due to their movement in the womb, it is possible that your baby can move into a position that is not the best for labor. That is why some parents have to have forceps delivery that is used to adjust the baby’s head before birth, as reported by FamilyEducation.
After the doctor is able to adjust the baby, then the mother can proceed with a vaginal birth. So if your little one is not in the position the doctor likes, then it is possible you might have a forceps delivery.
7 Vacuum Assisted Delivery Can Help Distressed Babies
All mothers wish to have a quick, smooth labor, but your baby is in charge when you get into the room. Some babies have a very difficult time moving through the birth canal. Doctors have come up with a vacuum-assisted delivery system to help mothers and babies when the baby is distressed.
According to HealthyMummy, a vacuum assisted delivery is when a metal or plastic cup is placed firmly on the baby’s head to help get the baby through the birth canal when a mom is pushing with a contraction.
6 Episiotomies Could Mean Less Pushing
When a woman has a baby, the muscle between the vagina and the anus rips to allow the baby more room during the birth. Though sometimes for this to happen naturally it can take a long time and that is something that some moms and babies don’t have. So doctors will cut the muscle between the vagina and anus to help, as reported by SheKnows.
When a doctor does this for a mother, it could mean less pushing to try to deliver a baby since there is more room for the baby to escape.
5 More Movement Range With Water Births
Over the years, water births have become a more popular form of delivery that more and more women are choosing. Water births are when the mom-to-be is in a tub or pool and has her stomach underwater, according to AmericanPregnancy.
This type of delivery is known to help moms keep up their energy due to their body feeling lighter in the water. With them having more energy and less force pulling down on them, they are able to move around the tub easier. This means that getting into a comfortable position is also easier.
4 Amniotomy Can Help Move Labor Along
There have been times when a woman goes into labor, but her water didn’t break naturally. That is when a woman is going to have to have an amniotomy delivery. PrenatalYouCenter has reported that an amniotomy when a doctor inserts an amniotic hook into the vagina to be able to break the amniotic sac.
When the amniotic sac is broken, it can help speed up labor since your body is missing that piece for the baby. So when a doctor does it after you have already been in labor, it can help your baby get through the birth canal.
3 C-sections Can Be Scheduled In Advance
Caesareans, also known as C-sections, are a surgical delivery to remove the baby from the Mother’s uterus. LiveScience has stated that many C-sections are scheduled in advance. Of course, there are going to be some that just happen when other methods are not working.
But the nice part, if you are planning a C-section, is that you will know when your baby is coming. This allows you and your partner to get prepared for that day causing less stress for the Mother. So talk to your doctor to see if a C-section is right for you.
2 Shorter Hospital Stay With Vaginal Birth
The most commonly known way to deliver a baby with a vaginal birth delivery. With the vaginal birth delivery being a “natural” way for moms to deliver a baby there also so perks of it. According to HealthyMummy, vaginal births have a quicker recovery time meaning a shorter stay in the hospital. Mothers have even reported that with this type of delivery that they do not need as much strong pain relief after the baby is born.
Though this is the most known form of delivery, it's not always possible to do this, and it is always best to listen to a medical professional.
1 One Way Does Not Fit All Women
Labor is different for each person based on their body and what their baby’s needs are. That is why it is important to remember that one way of delivery might not work for you as it does for other women. When your friends are talking about the best labor experience to have, remember that is their best way and you might find a different type of labor works better for you and your baby.
That is why it is important to look up the different types of delivery so you are not thrown off when your doctor mentions a different way.