So we think this is one of the most common set of questions we see surrounding birth!
There is a WHOLE lot of talk about vaginal birth vs cesarean birth….which is safer, which do I choose? Swipe the images below to see a summary of the benefits and risks of each. Remember, Choose the option which is best for you and your personal circumstances.
Vaginal birth benefits:
- Faster recovery times.
- NOT having to go through major surgery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less scarring and chance of infection.
- The possibility of having an easier time breastfeeding and providing skin to skin contact right away is higher (although you can do this when you have a c-section in most cases too!)
Vaginal birth risks:
- A potential weakening of pelvic floor muscles causing pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence
- A greater risk of birth injuries, such as fractures, shoulder dystocia, and oxygen deprivation.
- It’s typically more painful as baby is coming out of you
C section benefits:
- lower risk of birth injuries, such as fractures, oxygen deprivation, and shoulder dystocia.
- Reduce pain during birth
- Minimize the risk of a pelvic floor disorder.
- No tearing.
- Potentially allow for a more convenient overall experience (you can usually schedule c-sections unless you have an emergency)
- Reduce the risk of urinary or fecal incontinence.
C section risks:
- Increased blood loss, which may require a blood transfusion.
- Blood clot risk is higher
- Rates of neonatal and maternal death are higher in c-section births.
- Greater risk of respiratory problems in your infant
- Possible anesthetic reaction
- A greater amount of pain during healing (most women would say so)
- Longer healing time
- Risk of adhesions, which can cause later pregnancy complications such as placenta previa.
- It May make breastfeeding more difficult in the beginning (although still TOTALLY doable).