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Natural Vs Cesarean Birth
What are the pros and cons of hospital delivery w/epidural vs. Natural birth at a birthing center?
? birthing center ?: Safety is the prime concern I have for deliveries. I have had relatives born in caves & understand it can be okay.I have also run to "normal" deliveries to salvage a baby that came out wrong. Our local facilities have midwives delivering next door to docs, where a case can be quickly moved to an OR for C section if needed. No off site birthing center can eliminate the hour + lost in a transit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
C section: Medical rumors have it that the c section will preserve the pelvic perineum. Keep the vagina tighter and prevent uterine prolapse in the future medical rumors also say that vagina birth is better for the baby, because of a little squeeze it needs on his lungs, and a lot less drugs in his system. Nature, i think, has already decided the best way to continue. ...Read more
Not recommended: Controversy over vaginal birth after c-section has gone from one end of the spectrum (no) to the other (sometimes) . Your OB can determine if you are a candidate for vaginal birth after c-section and if you are your delivery will be very closely monitored and preparation for c-section will be in place in case you need it. The surgical team will be nearby throughout your labor and delivery. ...Read more
What is the incidence of mixed delivery (one twin delivered vaginally, one twin delivered via c-section)?
About 4% but rising: The most common reasons for c section of a second twin are heart rate problems and the baby coming down in a position other than head first. Many doctors used to be willing to deliver a second twin either butt first or by the feet, but few still have much experience in doing this. There is also a risk of injury to the nerves of the arm or learning disability in any baby that is born breech. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Define Birth Center: I deliver at a birth center which has private rooms, newborn rooming, birth plan receptive... But still offer 24/7 epidural service, full or availability in-house for emergencies, full time peds/neonatologist if needed, and full lab & blood bank services. Most hospital l&d units are emulating birth centers & maintain all support services in case of emergencies. Tour & deliver where you feel safe. ...Read more
What birth method is safer for a women with a benign heart arriyhmia. C section or vaginal birth?
Depends: It depends on what type of arrhythmia you have. Most arrhythmias are okay for vaginal delivery, but you need the advice of your ob/gyn or a maternal fetal medicine specialist to give you advice on your specific case. Most women do better with vaginal delivery because cesarean is major surgery and has it's own risks for heart problems following delivery of the baby and venous return to the heart. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Worth the risk?: The advantages at home are a more controlled and comfortable environment, less invasive, and it can be a really positive experience. The disadvantages are limited options for pain relief and huge risks for you and the baby in the rare instances where things go wrong. Unfortunately, things can go wrong very quickly. A competent birth attendant with good judgment and back up is essential. ...Read more
Depends on situation: If your initial cs was due to big baby/small pelvis & you face the same with the next delivery a vbac may be unwise.If the initial cs was for breach or monitor irregularities & your pelvis is considered adequate by the ob, a vbac may be a reasonable choice. Discuss this with the OB & see what what your options are. ...Read more
Increased C/S risk.: As our society is moving to later reproduction and more assisted conceptions for subfertility in the midst of an obesity epidemic (with concurrent diabetes mellitus and hypertension morbidities), i expect the overall c-section to keep rising for the foreseeable future. If you were born via c-section you were probably too big for your mother's pelvis and that's likely to recur when you deliver. ...Read more
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Baby with some risk: If the labour is prolonged and not progressing well, the baby may develop respiratory distress,will have low oxygen level and it may affect the brain of the baby .But if labour process progressing well as expected,then there is no risk in having vaginal birth. Your doctor will explain to you wether you should have vaginal delivery or not. ...Read more
Cheapest: Well you don't have to spend any money on it whatsoever and that makes it the cheapest form of birth control. It can work well provided you have very regular, predictable cycles and that you are compliant with abstinence during your peak fertility times. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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