C-Section Versus Vaginal Birth

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C-Section Versus Vaginal Birth

Choices are endless when it comes to childbirth methods. The most common method of delivery, vaginal birth is thought to be the “natural birth.” C-sections on the other hand, are used for birthing complications due to medical reasons but nowadays pregnant woman can choose either way. Both have tremendous complications and different emotional and physical effects. Both should be taken into consideration and should be consulted with a medical professional. Although Doctors give their medical input on how women should give birth, shouldn’t the mother be the determining factor.
It is important to know the risks and benefits for the pregnant mothers and babies so, future mothers can be aware.
Furthermore we have to mention the risks of cesarean section to the pregnant woman so she can be aware of the consequences. So infection is one or nearby pelvic organs such as the bladder, kidneys. Increased blood loss, which is about twice as much as the vaginal birth. Decreased bowel function, the bowels function slows down for several days after this major surgery causing discomfort, distention and bloating. Respiratory complications caused by the general anesthesia. Longer stay in the hospital, like two to five days. Reactions to anesthesia, which can cause alterations in the blood pressure. Also because is not a natural process because the body is violated it can trigger post partum depression. Researchers did a study on the effects of a cesarean section on a mother after childbirth. They found that when a mother had an emergency C-section carried out, 46% of the women are at a heightened risk of developing depression after 3 months. The researchers say that the risk is increased by 6 times.
In contrast the risks of vaginal birth could be if the women push for too long they can have a recto-vaginal fistula, wherein a passage forms between the rectum and vagina and the symptoms of this are nightmarish which is fecal matter through the



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