There’s nothing more fulfilling than giving birth to a baby, and to make it extra special, there are now more birth options available for mummies to choose from besides the traditional methods.
- Vaginal Birth The most common birthing method, vaginal birth is the delivery of the baby during childbirth from the vagina to the external environment. However, do not feel stressed or pressured by needing to conform to this – every individual is different and not every pregnancy journey is the same.
- Natural Birth In this birthing option, no drugs are given to relieve or alleviate the mother’s pain or aid the birth process. There is also no medical intervention during the labour and childbirth. In most cases, natural childbirth is considered the safest for the baby provided that both mother and child are healthy with no underlying complications or health issues.
- Water Birth Yes, you guessed it right. Water immersion is believed to result in a less painful childbirth, especially in the first few stages of labour with evidence of fewer epidurals. There is yet to be clear scientific proof on its safety and there have been documentation of adverse neonatal results; mother and/or baby infections, maternal fever, birth complications and infant drowning possibility. Be sure to discuss with your doctor on the pros and cons.
- Emergency C-section Under certain circumstances, Caesarean birth becomes necessary to keep both mummy and baby safe. Our advice would be to embrace it even if it is an unplanned labour and delivery choice as your doctor would have the medical experience and knowledge to recommend what is best for you and your baby.
- VBAC (Vaginal birth after Caesarean) In order to go opt for this option, you must have had at least one baby by caesarean section. While the chances of for a successful VBAC is between 60 to 70 percent, a successful vaginal birth is beneficial to the mother as it is generally associated with less bleeding, less blood transfusion, less infection, faster recovery with shorter hospital stay and less post-delivery pain and complications.
- HypnoBirthing HypnoBirthing is deemed to be a gentle and relaxing way to give birth. How it works is simple – while in labour, you place yourself in an ultra-calm state using visualisations, music, self-hypnosis, and relaxation techniques. You and your body work through your labor in a Zen-like state – minimising pain and discomfort.
Whatever your preference, be sure to check with your doctor on the best option for you and your baby. Seek opinions from other mummies on their delivery experiences too. No matter what you choose – the aim is to have a safe delivery.