Delivery (Vaginal Births and Caesarean Section)

Delivery (Vaginal Births and Caesarean Section)

Babies can enter this world in one of two ways: Pregnant women can have either a vaginal birth or a surgical delivery by Caesarean section, but the ultimate goal is to safely give birth to a healthy baby.
Most women are able to deliver their babies vaginally. In some cases, C- sections are necessary because of maternal condition (e.g. high blood pressure), fetal condition (e.g. a very large baby, if the baby not in a heads-down position), low-lying placenta etc.

How should we choose between vaginal births and Caesarean sections?

Vaginal births

  • Pros
    • Shorter hospital stay and recovery time
    • Avoid major surgery and its associated risks
    • More early contact with the baby and can initiate breastfeeding sooner
    • Babies less likely to suffer breathing problems at birth
  • Cons
    • A risk that the skin and tissues around the vagina can stretch and tear and this could cause weakness or injury to pelvic muscles that control her urine and bowel function
    • May have lingering pain in the area between her vagina and anus
    • Baby may get injured during the birth process, e.g. bruised scalp or a fractured collarbone

C- section

  • Pros
    • Can be scheduled in advance, more convenient and predictable
    • No need to go through a long labour
  • Cons
    • Longer stay in hospital
    • Wound pain, longer-lasting soreness
    • Operative risks – bleeding, infection, injury to bowel or bladder, anesthesia

We are willing to listen to your feeling and concern about the mode of delivery. Please feel free to discuss with us.