If you're pregnant, it's important to plan how you would like to give birth. When considering the advantages and disadvantages of vaginal and cesarean deliveries, you could benefit from the obstetrical experience and expertise Phabillia Afflack, MD, can offer. Dr. Phabby's practice, Phabulous Care Inc, serves the Greater Calabasas Area, making home or workplace visits and supporting women with their pregnancy planning. Call Phabulous Care Inc to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Vaginal delivery is the more natural method of childbirth, where the baby travels down the birth canal and out of your vagina. A cesarean delivery involves having a surgical incision in your abdomen and uterus to allow the baby to birth.
For most women, the ideal is a natural, vaginal birth, but there are occasions when a cesarean or C-section is necessary for the good of you and your baby, for example:
Multiple pregnancies might also require a cesarean, especially if the babies are premature or positioned incorrectly.
There are risks involved in any pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but outcomes are generally better following vaginal delivery. A cesarean is very safe using modern techniques but it’s still major surgery, and recovery typically takes longer.
Vaginal deliveries that don't progress well may require the use of an assistive device to help ease the baby into the world. One option is forceps, which gently clamp to the sides of your baby's head to add traction while you push. Another option is a vacuum device with a suction cup that attaches to the top of your baby's head.
Assisted vaginal delivery may be necessary if you or your baby are tired or stressed after a long labor and making no progress. It offers an alternative to cesarean delivery for mothers and babies who just need a little help. However, if continuing with a vaginal delivery becomes too difficult, it's better to have a c-section.
If you have a cesarean delivery, you may still be able to give birth naturally – a process known as vaginal birth after cesarean or VBAC.
It may depend on factors such as the type of incision used in your previous cesarean delivery, how many cesarean deliveries you've had, and whether there are any reasons why a vaginal delivery is riskier for you.
If you wish to consider the option of VBAC, Dr. Phabby can evaluate your risk and work with you to formulate an appropriate birthing plan.
If you're pregnant and worried about any aspect of vaginal or cesarean deliveries, call Phabulous Care Inc to schedule a consultation at home, or book an appointment online today.