Finding out that you’re pregnant can be a long-awaited dream come true. However, thinking of what comes next may have you a little worried.
By understanding the various birthing options, you can help to prepare yourself for that special day and put your nerves at rest.
What most people think of when it comes to child birthing is vaginal birth. This is where the baby is delivered via the birth canal. This type of birth tends to result in lower infection rates, quicker recovery, and lower risk of respiratory problems for your child. It’s highly recommended by medical professionals to plan a vaginal birth.
If you live in a rural area or just would like to stay at home for your birth, you can do so. There are experienced midwives that can assist with the birth to ensure the safety of your newborn and yourself. When planning for a home birth, it’s best to meet your midwife early on to have contingency plans in case there are any unexpected problems that arise.
Also known as a c-section, this type of birth is performed when natural or vaginal birth is unable to be done. Or, this can be done if there are medical complications with the mother of the child. This type of delivery involves having a surgical incision into the abdomen and uterus. The baby is removed from the uterus and the mother is stitched back up.
An ancient method for delivering babies, water birth is still a fairly popular form of delivery. It involves a birth pool that is filled with warm water. You can opt to do this type of birth at a hospital, at home, or at a birthing center. This type of birth is commonly picked because it helps to ease the pain of birth, reduces the risk of vaginal tearing, and speeds up the labor process.
As you can see, first time mothers have a lot of options when it comes to childbirth. It’s advisable to do some research of your own and talk with your doctor about what method may be best for you and your baby. By familiarizing yourself with all of these different methods, you can be prepared for anything that happens during your period of labor. This can go a long way in easing the tension during your actual delivery.