Delivery Methods

  • Are enemas the norm? - Used to be that the "welcome" you got when you arrived at the hospital to give birth was an enema. Healthcare providers routinely prescribed them to clear out the rectum and give the baby more room.

  • Cesarean section recovery: What to expect - Recovery from a cesarean section takes several weeks. You may experience fatigue, gas, shoulder pain, and constipation as well as feelings of disappointment.

  • Cesarean sections are necessary in some situations - A variety of situations can arise during labor that indicate a need for a cesarean birth, even if you aren't planning on it.

  • Delivery may need an assist from vacuum extraction or forceps - In about 1 in 10 deliveries, forceps or vacuum extraction are still used to help deliver the baby in difficult situations. While there is some risk involved, that risk is generally outweighed by the risk of not using the devices.

  • Episiotomy: Medical providers and mothers reassess the procedure - To keep a woman from tearing during birth, some doctors prefer to perform an episiotomy, a type of incision, though the practice is becoming controversial. Healing from an episiotomy can be painful, though there are steps you can take to get more comfortable.

  • Natural childbirth has many advantages - Having a baby without the use of pain medication or interventions can be extremely fulfilling for the mother and healthy for the baby.

  • Pain relief techniques vary - There are a variety of medications used to relieve pain during labor and delivery.

  • Why try for a vaginal delivery if you had a cesarean? - Many women who previously had cesarean (c-section) can go on to deliver vaginally. There are health benefits to doing so.

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