Many women have a terrible birth experience that leaves them scarred – physically and mentally, so there are a lot of things to consider before giving birth.
Home Birth Vs Hospital Birth
Deciding whether to give birth under the supervision of a doctor or a midwife is a huge decision. Giving birth at home, or in a home-like setting, can relieve stress, make the birthing process more comfortable, and could positively affect the child’s first moments of life.
There are risks to having a home birth, however. The primary one is, if there are any complications, you may need the help of a doctor, and you may need a medical facility. Many midwifery services do have a doctor on-call, or access to the emergency room and, some of the more progressive service have facilities in hospitals that are set up for midwifery services.
A “high-tech” birth which involves natural or surgical birth (called a caesarean section) is always done in a hospital. But, even though you are in a controlled setting, there are risks with surgical births too.
One of the major risks is the risk of infection and blood loss during surgery. You can also be injured during the process, suffer a blood clot, or injury to the bowel or bladder during the operation. Finally, you could have a bad reaction to the anaesthesia that’s used during the procedure.
What To Expect From Your Partner
Your partner is a very important part of the process. No matter, if you are taking your partner, best friend, mum or a doula, your birthing partner will be the one who’ll help you through the birthing process. Have a chat with them before the big day and see, if they really feel up to the job.
PTSD is basically a form of depression triggered by a traumatic or highly stressful situation. Recognizing this from the outset may help you better prepare and deal with it, if it happens. Many mothers do suffer from depression, especially if they had a difficult pregnancy, a surgical pregnancy that resulted in complication, or if she felt as though she had no or very little control during the birthing process.
Baby Birth Injuries
While it’s not as common as it once was, birthing problems do happen. According to www.slatergordon.co.uk , you need to act quickly and be prepared to deal with them. Injuries where the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck can cause serious brain injury or even death. But, other complications caused by the doctor or staff could also injure your baby.
There’s a trend right now in medicine of pushing women away from cesarean sections (C-section) because it is believed that vaginal bacteria are essential for a baby’s developing immune system and a vaginal birth will mean less scaring and, usually, a quicker recovery time.
C-sections are thought to be safe, however, and if you’re a high-risk pregnancy, you shouldn’t shy away from them. Women who are overweight, who are expecting to give birth to a large baby, or who have an infection like HIV or genital herpes are all good candidates for a C-Section.
If there are problems with the placenta, if you’re having multiple births (twins), or if you have a chronic health condition like diabetes or high blood pressure, a c-section might also make sense.
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Cathy Malstrom is an experienced health practitioner. She is always pleased to provide insights and tips based on her knowledge to an online audience. Her insights and insights can be found on a diverse range of consumer websites. Images by Ethan John and Brenna via Flickr.