What’s Better, Natural Birth or Caesarean Section?

As an expecting mother, you have the power to choose how to deliver a baby. Some women today are opting for Caesarean sections, but there are those who feel that the best and the safest way is to deliver is a natural way, so which one is better, natural or Caesarean sections?

Both options have their risks and advantages, but your ultimate goal as an expectant mother is to deliver a healthy baby before you even think about managing pain. Therefore, in this post, we will try to compare the two delivery methods in terms of what better for you and for the baby to help come up with the right decision.

Let’s Talk About Natural Births

Natural birth involves no medication; a mother listens to her body, from labor, with the cervix dilating and ends with a newborn.

Advantage of natural birth

To the mother

baby in hospitalFrom the psychological viewpoint, women who have undergone through vaginal delivery method get a sense of accomplishment. Also, women who deliver through the natural method are said to have more positive birth experience; they often have that feeling of empowerment that they actively participated in the process, not to mention, your partner can also be involved in the process.

It’s not to say that those who goes through the C-Section won’t, but a sense of accomplishment after delivery can speed up the bonding process. Another advantage is that mother who delivers through vaginal delivery have a shorter recovery time that those who goes for C-section which also means fewer hospital bills.

To the child

Natural birth techniques are not invasive, which means that there are fewer chances of a harming a baby of him or her having health issues such as respiratory diseases, asthma, lactose intolerance and much more associated with C-section.

Disadvantages of Natural Birth

To the mother

There is a risk that the skin and tissue around the vagina will tear or stretch and the fetus move through the canal after a natural birth. If this happens, there will be a lot of health issue like an inability to control urine or Bowel. There are also chances that a woman will experience lingering pain in between the anus and the vagina.

To the baby

If the mother has a long labor or the baby is a little large, then there is a risk of the child being injured during birth, they can have a bruised scalp or may be a fractured collarbone. The baby also faces the risk of oxygen deprivation.

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Getting into Caesarean Sections (C-section)

C-section can be planned for medical reasons, but it is also considered elective.

Advantages of C-section

To the mother

The main advantage is that the mother won’t have to endure long hours of labor since C-section can be scheduled when one want to get birth. There is also a decreased risk of Pelvic floor injury and shock caused by loss of blood.

To the baby

If the baby is large or maybe you have twins, C-section may be the best method of delivery. C-section decreases the risks of passing infections such as STD and HIV to the child.

Disadvantages of C-section

familyTo the mother

Just like any major surgery, there are risk and complication that you might expect; this includes heart attack, blood clots, and others. There are also possibilities that you won’t be able to opt vaginal birth in future. Having a C-Sections also means delaying your ability to breastfeed and bonding with the baby.

To the baby

Some baby will experience health problems like respiratory problems, but scientific research has indicated that these risks are small.

So which is a better option? Well, it is all up to you to decide which one works best for you and your child. It all goes with your personal circumstances, but the best place to start when making such a decision is to talk to your doctor.

For more reference, you can check these articles out:

https://www.vwhcare.com/pregnancy-short-and-long-term-effects

https://www.vwhcare.com/sex-after-birth-of-baby

https://www.vwhcare.com/can-having-a-caesarean-section-procedure-help-you-avoid-vaginal-looseness

https://www.vwhcare.com/does-birth-cause-you-to-have-a-loose-vagina