Vaginal delivery is a term you have possibly heard more times than you could remember, as a would-be-mom. As the name indicates, it refers to the birth of a baby from the womb through the vagina canal.
Although, the stories flying around about labor and delivery are often scary but don’t be scared! Every woman is wonderfully made to successfully undergo the process and, if your pregnancy is low risk, you too can do it.
We would be looking at the entire spectrum of vaginal childbirth, covering its various kinds and the beneficial implications of vaginal delivery as compared to other method of childbirth.
Generally, vaginal birth is classified into three, namely:
Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery (SVD):
Spontaneous vaginal childbirth is one in which a pregnant woman goes into labor, pushes and normally gives birth through vagina birth canal without obtaining any intervention from medications or external effort such as labor induction.
Assisted Vaginal Delivery (AVD):
Assisted vaginal birth is the type that a pregnant woman goes into labor with the use of instruments such as forceps or vacuum extractor to help guide or pull the baby through vagina birth canal.
It may be accompanied with or without the use of medications, drugs or labor induction. This type of instrument-accompanied procedure is also referred to as operative vaginal delivery (OVD).
Induced Vaginal Delivery (IVD):
Induced vaginal birth refers to the vagina childbirth in which labor is induced through drugs, medications or other techniques for influencing vaginal birth of the fetus.
A normal vaginal birth is basically completed in the 3 stages of labor:
As you approach your expected due date for childbirth, it is quite natural to be nervous and anxious about what the Big D - labor and delivery holds for you, particularly on what the process of vaginal birth entails.
There are numerous reasons which explain why nature has chosen this method as default for childbirth. The following benefits of vaginal childbirth will further buttress its essence.
ü Let us begin by talking about nature. As you are aware, when anything goes natural, it usually ends perfect. In a typical vaginal childbirth, your body naturally prepares itself and initiates the process; it adjusts on its own by dilating and moisturizing the cervix and provoking the womb muscles to produce contractions.
ü Vaginal birth-giving process is generally believed to help in clearing away all the blocks and plugs (if any) from the baby.
ü While passing through the birth canal, your baby might pick some beneficial bacteria which may help in developing a good immune system and a strong gut.
ü As for you, vaginal birth provides the benefit of quicker recovery, less postpartum pain and a shorter hospital stay.
ü A hitch-free vaginal birth leaves no scar unlike caesarean section with scar from cuts. Also, other complications associated with c-section are avoided in vagina childbirth.
On a final note, please keep in mind that vaginal delivery is good for low-risk pregnancies only. Ensure you seek and follow the advice of your doctor as necessary.