Normal baby delivery, simply called vaginal delivery, is a method of giving birth to a child through the vagina. This method of delivery is the most preferred and common method, as it is associated with the least risk and maximum benefits for both the child and the woman.
In a normal delivery, a woman's uterus shrinks, opens the cervix, and pushes her baby out through the birth canal or vagina. If there are no complications, the priority of most healthcare providers is to offer a normal delivery. Vaginal delivery usually occurs between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy.
However, it can cause pain but not more than a C-section delivery. Unlike C-section or surgical delivery, recovery from normal delivery is much faster and easier. Additionally, it has a high success rate and minimal risk. Just make sure that the healthcare provider you are taking treatment from has good experience under this medical specialization.
The cost of normal child delivery depends on various factors, including facilities provided by the hospital where the delivery takes place, the city, the healthcare provider's experience, anesthetic charges, OT charges, and others.
However, in India, vaginal delivery is often free in a government hospital. In rural areas, the cost of normal vaginal delivery ranges between Rs 2000 to Rs 5000. In private hospitals, the cost ranges from Rs 30,000 to Rs 100000 (depending on the room and college facilities). For luxury suites, the delivery cost can go up to Rs 200000.
To aid in a normal delivery, various methods can be used. This method can be used when a woman cannot push the baby through the birth canal. Special equipment such as forceps, vacuum extract, or medicine is required to support the entire process. Some of the common types of normal baby delivery are as follows:
The health care provider may sometimes need to include forceps into the mother's vagina. With this method, it is possible to take out the baby by placing the tweezers on the baby's head so that the doctor can change the baby's position. When women are nervous, do not feel calm, or cannot push the baby, or the baby's heartbeat slows down when the head is in the birth canal, the force delivery method is used.
It is performed to intentionally break the bag of water with the help of a plastic hook. Doing so helps discharge the amniotic liquid from the sac to tempt labor during childbirth.
This method of delivery contains surgical performance on a small scale. A surgical cut makes between the anus and opening to dilate the part of the vagina for the baby to come out. This is being done to enlarge the exit area so the child can come out safely. Once the baby is born successfully, this part of the mother is stitched up by her healthcare provider.
In this method, the doctor makes uterine contractions before the actual labor takes place. Induced labor performs when there is a risk to the mother or the newborn and if the pregnancy is post-term.
Vacuum extraction is one of the effective methods, and it is performed when the baby's head is stuck between the canals. In this method, a suction device is placed on the baby's head to apply some force, allowing the doctor to pull the baby out simultaneously as the mother pushes.
Q1. What side effects or drawbacks are associated with normal delivery?
Ans: Having emotional and physical changes after giving birth to a newborn is completely normal if delivery is normal. With the vaginal delivery method, it is common to experience pain & soreness in the vagina, constipation, vaginal bleeding, mood swings, cramps, headaches, vaginal discharge, etc.
Q2. How long does vaginal bleeding last after normal delivery?
Ans: It varies from person to person. Sometimes, it takes less time, while in a few cases, it may be more. Several weeks after the postpartum visit, it is normal to experience bleeding. If it increases with time, consult your doctor.
Q3. What questions should I discuss with my doctor regarding vaginal delivery?
Ans: Questions you may need to know before your delivery include:
Q4. Is it true that vaginal delivery is less painful?
Ans: Sometimes and in some cases, vaginal delivery can be painful. But with an appropriate vaginal delivery method, it can be easy to manage your pain. Discuss your thoughts on pain relief with your doctor.