Giving birth to a child is one of those moments in women’s lives which cannot be compared with anything else in life. Every woman dream of becoming a mother one day or other. Being able to give birth to another human is in no way less than any miracle on the earth. The joy, pain, happiness, sorrow and all kinds of emotions that come bundled with while and after giving birth to a child cannot be expressed in words. The transformation that takes place in a women’s life after becoming a mother makes the process all the more enjoyable.
While even now most women give birth to a child through normal delivery there has been a steady increase in a number of women opting for C-section delivery to give birth to a child. While women have the option to choose their preferred method of delivery, it is the gynecologist who has the last say in the matter. The gynecologist chooses the best method of delivery after taking into consideration the health of the baby and also the mother. In this article, we have tried to shed some light on the pros and cons of both the methods of delivery. First, let’s look at the pros and cons of normal delivery or vaginal delivery.
Normal (Vaginal) Delivery
Pros for the mother
Women who gave birth to the child through normal delivery or vaginal delivery have shared their experience that this kind of delivery is a satisfying experience and hence is a lot better from a psychological point of view. Many of them say it makes them feel more confident about themselves after going through a vaginal or normal delivery. From the point of view of recovery, doctors say that women who undergo normal delivery recover more quickly than those who undergo a C-section delivery. Most important of them is the fact that normal delivery or vaginal delivery provides an opportunity for the mother and the child to share a bond right after the baby comes out.
Pros for the child
One of the important pros for the baby born with normal delivery is that they are less likely to face any breathing issues. This is because of the fact that the muscles around are more likely to squeeze the fluid out from the baby’s lungs and hence it reduces the risk of the baby facing any breathing issues. Also, the baby born through normal delivery is able to make a bond with the mother right after the birth. It has also been found that while passing through the birth canal of the mother, the baby gets a normal dose of healthy bacteria which helps in boosting its immunity. This, in turn, makes its organs safer.
Cons for the mother
Vaginal delivery is one of the most painful experiences the mother will ever go through, making it one of the toughest moments of their life. The normal or vaginal delivery is also risky as some of the women are not able to generate enough thrust for the baby to get to the uterus, which could prove fatal to both the mother and also the child. Vaginal delivery also drains the mother of all the energy, and hence many of them opt for the easier method of delivery.
C – Section Delivery
Pros for the Mother
One of the reasons many women have started considering C-section delivery as a viable option is because of the fact that it is less painful when compared to normal delivery. Though there are very few advantages with regards to C-section delivery, knowing that one has to go through C-section delivery gives the mother ample time to mentally prepare herself for the procedure. Also C-section delivery takes much shorter time to deliver the baby.
Cons for the mother
One of the biggest disadvantages of delivery like C-section is that it can result in a massive loss of blood and also exposes the patient to various infections. Recovery time is much longer when compared to normal delivery as the area needs adequate time to heal completely. Studies conducted have found that women who undergo C-section delivery start breastfeeding the child much later than the normal. Also C-section delivery dramatically increases the risk of death among mother-to-be.
Cons for the baby
While baby born out of normal delivery doesn’t face any problems with regards to breathing, a baby born out of C-section delivery is found to face respiratory problems. The baby is also exposed to the risk of anesthesia or nicking the baby. Though cases like these are rare in nature, it does exist.
Many such factors can influence the decision of both the mother and also the doctor. Usually, doctors go ahead with the choice preferred by the patient and her family, but in some cases, the gynecologist will be left with no other option than doing a C-section delivery. In such cases, even if the mother and her family have opted for vaginal delivery, the doctors will have to go ahead with C-section delivery.