6 Changes We Must Make To Increase Vaginal Birth Rates

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The c-section rate in the US is on the rise. C-sections should be considered an option only when the benefits clearly outweigh the risks of the surgery.

But, many believe that c section is being overused these days.

Is there anything you can do to increase the chance of a vaginal birth? Yes, of course. Use these tips to make natural birth more likely in pregnancy.

1Educate Yourself

Be aware of your birth options. You can give birth either at home or at a birth center. Many first-time expectant moms consider hospital delivery as a safe option. When you choose a birth center, look for the one with the lowest rates of cesarean, induction, and other interventions.

However, explore other birth options too. Planning your delivery with a skilled midwife will reduce the chance for a c-section. Try to make a birth plan based on the available options. And talk to your partner about it. Educate yourself so that you can avoid medically unnecessary c-section. Make sure that any decision on c-section is based on your medical condition and not based on hospital’s policy.

2Avoid Unnecessary Induction

The natural progress of labor is the best option. Unwanted induction may not help you in all cases. You may end up with more interventions like continuous monitoring.

Inducing labor for non-medical reasons should be avoided. Do not take a decision based on your convenience. It is natural for you to get tired toward the end of pregnancy. But, don’t make it a reason to speed up your delivery. Because research consistently suggests that induction increases the risk of c-section.

3Be At Home During Early Labor

Agreed that contractions during early labor scare you and you want to rush to the comfort of a hospital. But, stay at home as long as possible. Delay hospital admission till you begin active labor. Early admission to the hospital may increase the risk of interventions.

Try to use self-help skills to cope with the pain. Avoiding or delaying medical pain relief such as epidural will be a good idea.

4Keep Moving

Staying active as much as you can help you shorten the first stage of labor. Walk or stay upright. Eat and drink well during this time. Moving during labor is one way to manage contractions.

As you enter active labor choose a position, which is comfortable for you. The upright position is highly recommended during pushing.

5Hire A Doula

Continuous support during labor is found to be very effective for a vaginal birth. You will have a satisfying birth experience when you have an expert to offer you emotional and physical support throughout the process.

Hire a doula who shares your birth plan ideas. She should know a variety of self-help techniques to aid labor progress. She should be able to provide reassurance and encouragement so that you can overcome the emotional blockage you may experience during labor.

6Normalise VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section)

Many women are forced to undergo a c-section for their second delivery because of the fact that they had a c-section for their first baby. A repeat c-section has now become common as it is considered safe for women. Well, it is not always true.

As per studies, vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) is a reasonable and safe choice for the majority of women with prior cesarean in the absence of any medical complication. It’s your right to talk to your doctor about VBAC versus c-section options. Discuss the risks associated with it before choosing a c-section over VBAC.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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