Today, Caesarean sections (C-sections) make up almost a third of all births. Sometimes this is due to complications with a vaginal delivery that make an emergency C-section possible, but more and more women are electing to deliver their babies via C-section. There are pros and cons to both types of delivery, so it is important to weigh your options before you choose which delivery is right for you and your baby.
|Has a longer recovery time; mothers who deliver this way usually stay in the hospital for 4 days, and their body will take about 6 weeks to fully heal.||Has a shorter recovery time; mothers can leave the hospital usually the same day they give birth.|
|Have to wait to have skin-to-skin contact with your baby until after the surgery is over; this can impact the mother-baby bonding process.||Can have skin-to-skin contact with your baby directly after giving birth.|
|For non-emergent C-sections, mothers are able to know exactly when they will give birth and how long it will take.||Labor can last anywhere from 3 hours to 19 hours, giving an amount of uncertainty about how long it will take to deliver the baby.|
|Babies are more likely to have medical issues such as allergies and respiratory issues.||Babies are less likely to have medical issues such as allergies and respiratory issues.|
|Mothers have to wait until after surgery is over to breastfeed their baby.||Mothers can breastfeed their baby soon after giving birth.|
|Does not damage the pelvic floor, but does leave a large scar on the mother’s abdomen from the incision site.||Damages the pelvic floor, leading to urine leakages for years after giving birth.|
|If the mother has certain sexually transmitted diseases like HIV or herpes, it is not likely at all that she will pass the disease onto her child with a C-section delivery.||If the mother has certain sexually transmitted diseases like HIV or herpes, it is more likely she will pass the disease onto her child with vaginal delivery.|
|No damage to the pelvic floor if giving birth to multiples or large babies.||More damage to the pelvic floor if giving birth to multiples or large babies.|
|Major surgery, so it comes with higher risk of infection.||Does not increase the mother’s risk for infection.|
|Sometimes leads to mothers not being able to opt for vaginal birth in the future.||Does not affect future birthing options.|
As you can see, there are lots of factors to consider when deciding between your delivery options. If you need help deciding if a C-section or vaginal delivery is best for you, schedule an appointment at Mt. Auburn today to discuss your delivery options.