Painless Normal Delivery
What is normal labor and delivery?
Normal labor refers to when the baby is delivered in the head down position at full term (9 months) through the vagina (birth canal) after spontaneous labor pains. Painless normal delivery is a preferred option for many women, as it provides a natural birthing experience without the use of pain-relieving drugs. A regular labor and delivery, including painless normal delivery, is safer for the mother and baby than a c-section in low-risk deliveries. It also assists women to breastfeed their baby sooner and recover more quickly.
What is the typical delivery procedure?
The normal delivery procedure includes the three steps listed below.
- Stage I occurs when uterine contractions cause the cervix, or the mouth of the uterus, to open and shorten.
- Stage II is when the cervix is fully open and the baby descends down the birth canal. The mother pushes and the baby is born.
- Stage III is when delivery of placenta (i.e. the organ that supplies nutrients to the baby) occurs.
What are the Symptoms Prior to Delivery
The infant takes 40 weeks to completely develop. However, the ultimate stage of pregnancy, labor and delivery, takes just a few days or even hours. As challenging as it is, here are some symptoms of labor, which are signs that you are about to give birth:
- The first symptom of labor is strong contractions that happen at regular intervals.
- Your water breaks
- You may develop back pain.
- Menstrual cramps-like sharp abdominal pains
- As your baby’s head moves within your pelvis, you may feel a rise in pressure.
You may need to urinate often when your baby’s head pushes on the bladder.
- True vs. False Labor
- The timing of contractions is an important factor in distinguishing between true and false labor. Other differences you might notice include the contractions changing when you change positions, like stopping with movement or rest. The strength of contractions is also different, and the pain is felt in different places.
What is False labor
Contractions don’t happen on a regular basis, and they don’t become closer together. They stop when you walk, rest, or change positions. They are normally weak and don’t get stronger, or they start strong and get weaker.Usually the pain is only felt in the front.
What is true labor?
Contractions come and go throughout time, lasting around 30-70 seconds each. They remain independent of activity or rest. They gradually get stronger. They usually begin at the back and move up to the front.
What is the procedure for natural childbirth ?
It is a completely natural procedure in which no medicines are used to speed up the delivery process. As the doctor expects, your body begins to change naturally as the due date approaches. You may notice some fluid leaking from your vagina towards the due date. This is referred to as ‘water bag breakage.’ After your water bag ruptures, you will begin to feel contractions. When you have contractions, your cervix will enlarge or dilate. It may take some time to dilate to the required 10cm. As soon as it is fully dilated, the baby’s head will appear. You may have to go through some more contractions and push hard to get your baby out of the vaginal canal. After the infant is born, you will have further contractions to deliver the placenta.
When should You see a gynecologist? When do you suspect that labor has started?
- Vaginal bleeding that is bright red
- Continuous leaking of fluid or wetness, or if your amniotic fluid breaks (can be felt as a “gushing” of fluid)
- For one hour, there will be strong contractions every five minutes.
- Contractions that you cannot “walk through”
When does a medically assisted delivery become required?
To assist your baby’s birth, an obstetrician will use specially developed devices such as a suction cup (ventouse) or forceps.
There are numerous reasons for requiring an assisted birth, including: your baby’s heart rate indicates they may no longer be coping with the labor process; your baby is not moving through the birth canal despite pushing; and an unassisted delivery was not possible for other (sometimes medical) reasons.
This type of delivery is only necessary in a few situations of vaginal birth. It typically aids in vaginal delivery when the baby fails to completely emerge while passing through the birth canal. It is mostly due to various obstacles or when the mother grows fatigued and exhausted and believes she is unable to push the baby out.
In these cases, the doctor inserts specially developed forceps gently into the delivery canal. The forceps are then used to gently grasp the baby’s head and guide it out of the canal.
When vaginal delivery fails, vacuum extraction is done in the same way as forceps. A vacuum pump is introduced into the canal until it reaches the baby’s head in this procedure. The vacuum’s end features a soft cup that rests on the top of the baby’s head. The cup holds the head and with the vacuum that is created , the baby is guided outwards through the canal.
How long does recovery take?
The shortest amount of recovery time is the most significant benefit of regular vaginal birth. Usually the recovery will take around 3 to 6 days.
What are the benefits of normal delivery
The following are some of the advantages of vaginal delivery:
- Avoids the risks associated with c-section delivery devices.
- Lower infection risk for both mother and child
- Mother recovers faster and spends less time in the hospital (24-48 hours as compared to 3 days to a week post cesarean)
- Natural vaginal bacteria and microorganisms passed down from mother to kid strengthen the baby’s immune system, preparing it for life outside the protective womb.
- Because labor contractions help prepare the baby’s lungs for breathing, babies are less likely to have respiratory problems.
- Lactation is stimulated by normal delivery because the childbirth process activates multiple natural hormones.
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