Why regular delivery is best for a mother and a child?
Why is it better than a C-section?
How does a vaginal delivery benefit you and your baby?
Does a C section have the risk of your or your child's health?
Let us see.
Recently I came across an article about the shocking increase in CDMR. That's why I choose to write this article.
Wondering what a CDMR is?
CDMR is Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request. It is in this case a cesarean delivery made at the mother's request, even when there is no need for a C-section medically.
Why do some women go to a CDMR?
The main reason, which causes many women to request a C-section, is the fear of the unpleasant pain that accompanies a vaginal birth.
A prediction that the C sections are easier and less painful to the mother and the advantage that they cause minor damage to the pelvic floor also work as a reason for women being invited to choose an optional caesarean section.
Other reasons for a CDMR are the ability to order delivery date and plan everything accordingly.
While the C-section has its own benefits, I strongly believe that there is not something to be decided by the parents. The manner in which a child must be born should be decided by a physician based on the mother's and child's health condition.
This article is my attempt to spread awareness of why normal delivery is best for you and your baby than a CDMR.
Why regular delivery is best for you and your baby?
All mammals live vaginely and we humans are no exception. It's like nature has built us and wants us to do.
Below is a list of benefits that a baby and a mom can get from a normal delivery.
Advantages of normal delivery to children
# 1. Babies arrive when they are ready
How many of you have delivered exactly on the due date calculated by your doctor? Not many people I suppose. My arrived 10 days early and I know friends who delivered days after the due date. So who knows exactly when your child is fully mature to get out of the womb's comfort in this world? Just the child !!
So, if your work begins naturally, you know your child is fully developed and ready to be born. The child's lungs and other major organs have stopped mature and your baby can survive without any medical intervention if it occurs naturally.
A baby delivered surgically may be at risk for prematurity, especially if there is an error calculation in the due date.
(Yes, I agree if there are premature natural deliveries as well. However, the majority of children born through the vagina complete their term in the uterus.)
# 2. Babies born receive vaginal protective bacteria
One of the benefits of normal delivery is that when children are born vaginally they take up protective bacteria called microbiomics from their mothers as they pass through the birth canal. These bacteria help build a strong immune system and help protect the child from many diseases.
# 3. Reduced risk of respiratory distress
During the passage of the vaginal canal, the compression of the child's thorax helps to expose the fetus fluid. Even when natural work is triggered, the various hormones released to help clean the fluids from the baby's lungs help. Both help prepare the lungs to breathe air naturally without medical intervention. This significantly reduces the risk of breathing problems in newborns.
# 4. The baby gets breastfeeding without much delays
In normal delivery, the very first breastfeeding is not delayed much. Breastfeeding early has its own benefits. Plus, the newborn aspiration to suck is the strongest in the first few hours after birth, and the feed part helps to prevent the child from locking properly.
When mothers deliver via the C-section, breastfeeding is often delayed. This is because they need some extra time to recover from the operation. Physically, mom may struggle to care for the new baby after surgery. This is because mothers who have had surgical deliveries often find it hard to find a comfortable position for a nurse without putting pressure on their incisions.
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# 5. No side effects of anesthesia
While there is not much evidence, anesthesia given to the mother during a C-section may also affect the child.
# 6. Better APGAR score
Babies born vaginally have a better APGAR score. Since a C-section lacks natural stimulus and involves anesthesia, it may result in a lower APGAR score. Children born through Caesarean section are 50% more likely to have lower APGAR scores than those born naturally.
Benefits of a vaginal birth for the mother
# 7. Fast recovery
The recovery from a natural birth is almost immediate. In general, a mother can stand up and take care of herself and her children without much help. Of course, some women must undergo an episiotomy during vaginal birth but recovery is easier and does not require much bed support.
A C-section may take up to six weeks to heal completely while episiotomy with proper care is healed within 2 weeks.
# 8. Shorter hospital stays
If the natural birth was in a hospital, the mother may be released shortly after birth. This also has economic benefits.
C sections require at least 3-4 days stay at the hospital.
# 9. Less postpartum pain
Postpartum pain is also less at normal delivery, as you have no major cuts to heal.
# 10. Can start traditional postpartum care immediately
Postpartum care is something that most of us Indians follow. A good message with traditional oils, hot baths, gastric bindings, special postnatal foods and various herbal preparations is included in our traditional postpartum care. This helps new mothers regain lost strength, bounce back to shape, reduce back pain and increase milk production.
A vaginal delivery does not pause any restrictions to start a traditional postpartum care. Most women exercise postpartum care usually 3-4 days after delivery. But when you have a C section, the incision on your stomach limits you from having all these postpartum care procedures that we consider necessary for the mother's future physical well-being. Most traditional postpartum care begins only after the surgical wound is completely healed.
# 11. Lower maternal mortality
There may be problems with any event at birth. However, compared to the C-section, vaginal birth has lower mortality in mothers. A C-section is a major abdominal surgery and there are also complications associated with it.
# 12. No risk of post-operative infections or complications
Vaginal birth significantly reduces the risk of infections and complications for the mother.
Women who have C-section often have an infection in the wound, infection of the uterus and infections of the urinary tract infections. There are cases of adhesion, sticking to the internal organs, even in C-sections.
# 13. No drug addiction
Normal delivery involves no anesthesia and has no risks caused by an anesthesia like in a C-section. An anesthesia given may cause lowering of blood pressure, nausea, headache and confusion and in unfortunate cases also nerve damage and aspiration during surgery.
# 14. Natural delivery does not affect future pregnancies
Because you had your child vaginely, there are no scars left from a C section. This means that your additional deliveries will have zero risks to tear out rupture from an earlier delivery.
The risk of getting placenta praevia also increases if your previous pregnancy was a C-section.
Women who have had a caesarean section are more likely to have another caesarean section in future pregnancies. However, there are cases of normal delivery after the C section, too popularly called VBAC.
# 15. Less blood loss or bleeding
Blood loss under the C-section is much more compared to that of a vaginal delivery. Often, blood transfusion requires a C-section.
# 16. A sense of completion
Because women who have vaginal supplies get through all phases of labor and delivery, a sense of accomplishment develops. Women who have normal delivery are extremely authorized and feel much more confident and have lower risk of depression in postpartum.
Researchers discover more and more benefits of a normal delivery, which shows over and over again that nature's way is still the best.
But keep in mind that if there is a medical condition or an obstetric reason and your doctor chooses to deliver through Caesarean section, the C section is more secure for you than normal delivery.
If you are healthy and can get a normal delivery, it's definitely the most convenient and beneficial way to feed your little one. So as far as possible choose a regular vaginal birth over a CDMR.
I hope this article helped you understand why normal delivery is best for you and your baby both physically and mentally.
Have you had a vaginal delivery or C-section? What difficulties did you encounter? C section or natural birth that is better in your opinion?
Will you choose a Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request after knowing the benefits of vaginal birth? If yes, why?
Let us know in the comments.