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Childbirth options

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 03-10-2006

This may be a good time during the pregnancy for your spouse to give a thought to the manner of delivery she wishes to opt for. The options— natural, induced, or cesarean—all have their pros and cons.


Natural delivery

  • This is the most common method of childbirth.

  • It does not involve an extended stay in a hospital.

  • The risks associated with major surgery are avoided.

  • This method of delivery makes breastfeeding easier.

  • The mother can actively participate in the childbirth.

Induced delivery

  • In this method, labor is artificially induced rather than spontaneous.

  • It avoids complications in post-term babies.

  • The pregnant mom, or her doctor, can decide when to go in for labor.

  • Studies report that women who have induced labor are less likely to develop chorioamnionitis, an infection of the placental membranes.

Cesarean section

  • In this method, delivery is surgically carried out through an incision made by the doctor in the abdomen and uterus.

  • It is required if labor does not progress normally.

  • It is also required in case of a complication in the pregnancy.

  • It is useful in cases where the fetus has been diagnosed with a developmental problem.

  • It is helpful in cases of women carrying twins, triplets, or multiples.

  • Cesarean is also used in the cases where the mom has herpes or similar infections, to prevent the baby from contracting these infections.