Delivery of your baby – the endpoint of your pregnancy but not your journey
Your pregnancy may have been easy and uneventful – or it may have been a bit of a rollercoaster. Either way, it has come time for the delivery.
If you are aiming for a vaginal delivery
Most people will go into labour spontaneously given time. It can sometimes be difficult to tell if you are in active labour or not – call the birth suite and get advice. If it does not seem you are in labour but are still concerned, come in for a check up anyway – sometimes it can be your body telling you something is up.
At Women’s Business, we are happy for you to decide what pain relief options you would like to use be it a shower or an epidural. Interventions during labour will only be done if necessary and the reasons will be fully explained to you and your support people (as you may not be in a frame of mind to hear anything at that stage!).
Sometimes, labour and delivery does not go according to expectations or plans but our main aim is for a healthy mother and a healthy baby.
Delivery of your baby may be needed for any number of reasons and an induction of labour may be recommended – reasons include post-dates (due date come & long gone), slowed growth of your baby, or medical conditions such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure.
If you have particular preferences or concerns or questions, please feel free to make an appointment to discuss these on 1300 166 146.
If you are having a Caesarean section
The aim of delivery is to have the best possible outcome for mother and baby. Whether you have chosen to have a Caesarean section or have been recommended to have a Caesarean due to any number of reasons, the ultimate aim is a healthy mother and healthy baby.
There are some advantages to having a Caesarean section:
- There is no chance of fetal distress or compromise during labour – sometimes, if delivery is recommended due to poor growth of your baby, a Caesarean may be recommended as some small babies do not tolerate the stress of labour
- There is no birth trauma – no pelvic floor or perineal damage to yourself, less chance of birth trauma to the baby, although forceps may be needed with a Caesarean section often causing minor bruising
- There is no labour so no prolonged labour or obstructed labour or emergency Caesarean
However, a Caesarean section is still a major operation requiring a significant cut to the abdomen and a recovery time of weeks. There is also the potential for complications in future pregnancies such as placenta accreta (where the placenta invades into the old Caesarean scar) and a high likelihood of Caesarean sections for future deliveries.
If you would like to discuss this further or have further questions, please feel free to make an appointment on 1300 166 146.
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