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The process of giving birth to a child is called delivery or labour. A Vaginal delivery or a Caesarean section are two ways to deliver a baby. Many major health organisations recommend that a newborn be placed on the mother’s chest as soon as possible after birth, regardless of whether it was delivered vaginally or via C-section. Skin-to-skin contact is therefore available for both the mother and baby.
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The term “normal delivery” refers to a mother giving birth to her baby naturally without intervention from a medical professional.
The stages of normal delivery
Labour and effacement of the cervix
During the first stage of normal delivery, contractions dilate, soften, and stretch the cervix to make it easier for the baby to be delivered. A woman’s first delivery can take up to 13 hours, and subsequent deliveries can take up to 7-8 hours.
The first stage is divided into three parts:
As contractions occur every 3 to 5 minutes, the mother becomes aware of them. During pregnancy, the cervix can dilate up to 4 centimetres. Mothers can give birth at home during early labour. However, they should inform the doctor.
When contractions become stronger and more frequent, the mother enters the active phase. Approximately every 3-4 minutes, they last about a minute each. The cervix expands by 7 centimetres. The woman must be taken to the hospital for delivery. During this stage, the woman’s water breaks. Contractions then intensify.
At about 10 centimetres, the cervix is at its fullest dilation and is the most painful phase. There are painful, strong contractions every 2-3 minutes, and each lasts 60-90 seconds.
Pushing and birth of the baby
Following the complete dilation of the cervix, this stage begins. The baby is being pushed through the birth canal headfirst by intense contractions. With every contraction, the mother is expected to push, and she may become highly fatigued as a result. While the baby is pushing its way out, she may also experience severe pain at the vaginal opening. If the doctor decides to do an episiotomy at this stage, he can widen the opening of the vaginal canal so the baby can be delivered easily. In order for the baby to finally be born, the mother must continue to push.
Placenta Is Pushed Out
The entire placenta is expelled through the vaginal canal during this final stage of normal delivery called the ‘afterbirth’. The placenta is typically delivered within 10 minutes to 30 minutes of the baby’s birth. Massage of the lower abdomen may assist in the delivery process.
The benefits of normal delivery
Vaginal delivery has the following benefits:
Forceps or a ventouse suction cup are used during an assisted birth also known as an instrumental delivery.
A ventouse or forceps IS only be used when necessary for the well-being of you and your baby. Women who have given birth to a baby naturally are less likely to undergo assisted delivery.
What happens during a forceps or ventouse delivery?
You should talk with your obstetrician about the reasons for choosing assisted birth, as well as the instruments and procedures to be used. Prior to the procedure, you will have to give your consent.
In the absence of an epidural, you will usually receive a local anaesthetic to numb your vagina and the skin between your vagina and anus (perineum).
The obstetrician may move you to an operating room if the need arises for a caesarean section. A small cut (episiotomy) is likely to be required to increase the vaginal opening. If there is a tear or cut, stitches will be applied to repair it. It may be possible to deliver the baby on your tummy and still allow your birth partner to cut the cord, depending on the circumstances.
The suction cup is attached to the baby’s head by a ventouse. The suction device is attached to a soft or hard plastic/metal cup by a tube. The cup fits securely onto your baby’s head. The obstetrician gently pulls to assist in the delivery of your baby during a contraction.
Forceps delivery may be more appropriate if you are giving birth at less than 36 weeks pregnant and you require assisted birth. At this point in your pregnancy, you are less likely to damage your baby’s head with forceps since it is softer.
It resembles large spoons or tongs but is made of smooth metal. It is curved so it fits around the baby’s head. Your baby’s head is carefully positioned around the forceps, which are linked at the handles. While you are pushing and having a contraction, an obstetrician gently pulls your baby out.
Different forceps are available. Many of these machines are specifically designed to allow the baby to be born in the proper position, such as if your baby is lying facing upwards (occiput-posterior position) or on one side (occipital-lateral position).
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