Know The Differences Between Normal Baby Delivery Compare with C Section Delivery Know The Differences Between Normal Baby Delivery Compare with C Section Delivery
Babies can enter this world in one of two ways: Pregnant women can have either a vaginal birth or a surgical delivery by Caesarean... Know The Differences Between Normal Baby Delivery Compare with C Section Delivery

1605Babies can enter this world in one of two ways: Pregnant women can have either a vaginal birth or a surgical delivery by Caesarean section, but the ultimate goal is to safely give birth to a healthy baby.

In some cases, C-sections are planned because of medical reasons that make a vaginal birth risky. A woman may know in advance that she will need a C-section and schedule it because she is expecting twins or other multiples, or because the mother may have a medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, an infection that complicates pregnancy, such as HIV or herpes, or she may be experiencing problems with the placenta during her pregnancy.

A C-section may also be necessary in certain situations, such as delivering a very large baby in a mother with a small pelvis, or if the baby is not in a heads-down position and efforts to turn the baby before a woman gives birth have been unsuccessful.

Sometimes the decision by an obstetrician to perform a C-section is unplanned, and it is done for emergency reasons because the health of the mother, the baby, or both of them is in jeopardy. This may occur because of a problem during pregnancy or after a woman has gone into labor, such as if labor is happening too slowly or if the baby is not getting enough oxygen.

Some C-sections are considered elective, meaning they are requested by the mother for non-medical reasons before she goes into labor. A woman may choose to have a C-section if she wants to plan when she delivers or if she previously had a complicated vaginal delivery

Although C-sections are generally considered safe and, in some situations life saving, they carry additional risks compared with a vaginal birth. They are a major surgery and involve opening up a pregnant woman’s abdomen and removing the baby from her uterus because a vaginal birth is considered too dangerous or difficult.

Because C-sections in first-time mothers often lead to repeat C-sections in future pregnancies, a vaginal birth is generally the preferred method of delivery. It’s the way two in three babies in the United States are born.

In general, women say that giving birth vaginally feels like more of a natural experience, said Dr. Allison Bryant, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Women may feel as if they are giving birth the way nature intended them to, she added.

Regardless of how they decide to give birth, “women should be as informed as possible about their childbirth options, so they can have a voice in the process, advocate for what they want and make the most informed choice,” Bryant said. Here is more information about the pros and cons of the two birthing methods.

Pros of vaginal birth for the mother

Going through labor and having a vaginal delivery is a long process that can be physically grueling and hard work for the mother. But one of the benefits of having a vaginal birth is that it has a shorter hospital stay and recovery time compared with a C-section.

Although state laws vary, the typical length of a hospital stay for a woman following a vaginal delivery is between 24 and 48 hours. If a woman is feeling up to it, she may elect to leave the hospital sooner than the allowable time period permitted in her state.

Women who undergo vaginal births avoid major surgery and its associated risks, such as severe bleeding, scarring, infections, reactions to anesthesia and more longer-lasting pain. And because a mother will be less woozy from surgery, she could hold her baby and begin breastfeeding sooner after she delivers.

Cons of vaginal birth for the mother

During a vaginal delivery, there is a risk that the skin and tissues around the vagina can stretch and tear while the fetus moves through the birth canal. If stretching and tearing is severe, a woman may need stitches or this could cause weakness or injury to pelvic muscles that control her urine and bowel function.

Some studies have found that women who have delivered vaginally are more likely to have problems with bowel or urinary incontinence than women who have had C-sections. They may also be more prone to leak urine when they cough, sneeze or laugh.

After a vaginal delivery, a woman may also experience lingering pain in the perineum, the area between her vagina and anus.

Pros and cons of vaginal birth for the baby

One advantage for the baby of a vaginal delivery is that a mother will have more early contact with her baby than a woman who has undergone surgery, and she can initiate breastfeeding sooner, Bryant said.

During a vaginal delivery, muscles involved in the process are more likely to squeeze out fluid found in a newborn’s lungs, Bryant said, which is a benefit because it makes babies less likely to suffer breathing problems at birth. Babies born vaginally also receive an early dose of good bacteria as they travel through their mother’s birth canal, which may boost their immune systems and protect their intestinal tracts.

If a woman has had a long labor or if the baby is large and delivered vaginally, the baby may get injured during the birth process itself, such as having a bruised scalp or a fractured collarbone, according to the Stanford School of Medicine.

Pros of C-section for the mother

There are not a lot of advantages to having a C-section if a woman is eligible to have a vaginal delivery, Bryant said.

However, if a pregnant woman knows that she will need a C-section, a surgical birth can be scheduled in advance, making it more convenient and predictable than a vaginal birth and going through a long labor.

Cons of C-section for the mother

A woman who has had a C-section typically stays in the hospital longer, two to four days on average, compared with a woman who has a vaginal delivery. Having a C-section also increases a woman’s risk for more physical complaints following delivery, such as pain at the site of the incision and longer-lasting soreness.

Because a woman is undergoing surgery, a C-section involves an increased risk of blood loss and a greater risk of infection, Bryant said. The bowel or bladder can be injured during the operation or a blood clot may form, she said.

A review study found that women who have had a C-section are less likely to begin early breastfeeding than women who had a vaginal birth.

The recovery period after delivering is also longer because a woman may have more pain and discomfort in her abdomen as the skin and nerves surrounding her surgical scar need time to heal, often at least two months.

Women are three times more likely to die during Caesarean delivery than a vaginal birth, due mostly to blood clots, infections and complications from anesthesia, according to a French study.

Once a woman has had her first C-section, she is more likely to have a C-section in her future deliveries, Bryant said. She may also be at greater risk of future pregnancy complications, such as uterine rupture, which is when the C-section scar in her uterus ruptures, and placenta abnormalities. The risk for placenta problems continues to increase with every C-section a woman has.

Pros and cons of C-section for the baby

Babies born by Caesarean section may be more likely to have breathing problems at birth and even during childhood, such as asthma. They may also be at greater risk for stillbirth.

During a C-section, there is a small risk that a baby can get nicked during the surgery, Bryant said. Some studies have also suggested a link between babies delivered by C-section and a greater risk of becoming obese as children and even as adults for reasons that remain unclear. One possibility is that women who are obese or have pregnancy-related diabetes may be more likely to have a C-section.


  • Alicia Lee

    2016-07-09 #1 Author

    I salute women that have c sections


  • Kay

    2016-07-09 #2 Author

    I had a c-section… It wasn’t a bad experience


    • Kreshavia Cooper

      2016-07-16 #3 Author

      I had a c section. It isn’t that bad. I do salute all the women that have to have a c section because it’s a tough process!


  • J. Fisher

    2016-07-09 #4 Author

    C sections aren’t that bad


  • Brittany

    2016-07-09 #5 Author

    I salute ever women that had a c sections because that’s a lot to go through ❤️


  • Makaila

    2016-07-09 #6 Author

    I pray for every woman who has a cseation


  • Ticara Fuller

    2016-07-10 #7 Author

    I had a regular birth but I salute the women who have c-section because that a lot of pain


  • Deijana Guyton

    2016-07-10 #8 Author

    Women who have C-sections deserve just as much praise as women who go natural.


  • Whitney Hunt

    2016-07-10 #9 Author

    Wow a c-section must hurt!


  • breona

    2016-07-10 #10 Author

    I salute both women.


  • Shai

    2016-07-10 #11 Author

    I didnt have a c-section two of my friends did & one said it was a horrible feeling After.All women who have a baby are Super because childbirth isnt Always easy!!


  • Keiosha Pringle

    2016-07-10 #12 Author

    I didn’t have a c-section but my best friend did. I just feel like c-section would hurt worse and take longer to heal.


  • Dominique

    2016-07-10 #13 Author

    I had a csecetion it was very hard. I also pray for every mother that went though child birth.


  • Lexis Smith

    2016-07-10 #14 Author

    I pray for every woman that had an c-section .


  • Taryn

    2016-07-11 #15 Author

    C sections are the best


  • Martha

    2016-08-09 #16 Author

    Had 2 babies through c_section it was a life saver both to my children and I. Both children have no complication


  • Yoney007

    2016-09-02 #17 Author

    I had a C-section…..Had lingering pains and soreness on the cite but in all, its not really a bad experience.


  • Eyerusalem

    2016-12-06 #18 Author

    The article is so helpful. Thank you


  • Littleriddem

    2017-08-11 #19 Author

    I go thru child birth with my twins and I was good road


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