Pros & Cons – Cesarean section or Normal Delivery

This article is about the pros and cons of having a C-section vs. giving birth naturally. It’s written for women who are pregnant and considering their options, but it might also be relevant to people who are just interested in understanding more about these procedures.

What is a Cesarean Section?

A C-section is an operation to deliver a baby where an incision is made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. The most common indications for cesarean delivery are problems with labor or with the fetus, such as fetal distress, prematurity, or unexpected abnormalities.

What are the Pros of Having a Cesarean Section?

High level of care during labor & birth: There will likely be fewer complications, which means you are less likely to need additional medical attention during labor or birth.Reduced likelihood of problems with the infant: While there is a greater chance of problems with the genitals and the placenta in a natural birth, there is also a greater chance of having these problems during a first-time birth. When you have a C-section, you have the benefit of getting to be born in a hospital with an established track record for procedures like this. Most C-section babies appear to be healthy and show no complications.

Reduced risk of placenta accreta or placenta previa: When a placenta is too attached to the uterine lining, this can lead to abnormal bleeding during childbirth. Fortunately, the likelihood of these complications are much higher in a natural birth. Some statistics suggest there is a 75% chance of this happening during a natural births.

If you are getting ready for your son or daughter to be born, you have many options. Ask your doctor about which is best for you.What are the Cons of Having a Cesarean Section?

Increased hospital cost: One of the reasons you might want to consider having a natural birth is because it will be much cheaper. If you choose to have a C-section, you could be paying more in the long run. This is because you are paying for the convenience of receiving the medical care that you need and you are paying in the long run because hospitals tend to pass on the C-section rate to patients, which means you’ll be paying more for their services later.

Increased risk of adverse medical events: Cesarean deliveries are more highly associated with a variety of medical problems, including: the increased risk of wound healing complications, blood transfusions and pulmonary embolism. In addition, the risk of heart failure is increased in children born by C-section, while the risk of appendicitis in children is slightly higher with this type of birth.Increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage: C-sections are more associated with postpartum hemorrhage.

Increased risk of surgical site infections: This can happen if an incision is made during the delivery process.

Decreased likelihood of a vaginal birth: If you have a C-section, your doctor might advise against a vaginal birth unless you prefer that option.

Decreased likelihood of a successful vaginal birth: Cesarean deliveries are also much more likely to be breech deliveries or C-sections that are the result of fetal abnormalities. Again, you should speak with your doctor about which plans are best for you and whether a C-section is the right choice.


This article is about the pros and cons of having a D & C vs. natural delivery.What is a D & C?

A D & C is a term used when the cervix is ruptured, usually during childbirth, and the amniotic sac is removed from around the fetus, so any fluid inside the sac is then drained and the uterus is inspected to see if there are any complications.

What are the pros of having a D & C?

Eliminates the risk of infection: Without the use of antibiotics, a D & C is more unlikely to lead to an infection. It also offers you more time to decide if you should proceed and have a natural delivery.

Eliminates the risk of blood-borne infections: A D & C eliminates the risk of transfusion reactions and alloimmune hemolytic anemia, which is a condition where your newborn’s blood develops a problem with the red blood cells.

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