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This blog originally appeared on the Healthy Driven Chicago website.
These days, there are many options for labor and delivery. The thing to remember is there’s no right or wrong way to give birth. It’s a matter of selecting what you feel most comfortable with and what’s best for your family.
Here are a few of the most common in-hospital options:
Although a natural birth can mean different things to different people, it most commonly refers to a vaginal birth without pain medication. Many women are attracted to this option because it allows them to feel they have greater control over their bodies. Of course, should you change your mind at any point during the labor process, you can still have access to different pain management options.
Childbirth using pain management options
Women who opt for a traditional hospital birth usually have a vaginal birth with pain medication. There are many pain management options available to a laboring patient.
Caesarean section (c-section)
A c-section is a surgical delivery method that involves removing the baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen. It can be the fastest way to delivery if there is an emergency with the mother or baby. It has been known to save lives and is used when medically indicated.
C-sections can be scheduled due to breech presentation or history of prior c-sections, or can be unscheduled due to complications in the delivery process.
If you’re pregnant, talk with your doctor about your options for labor and delivery. Every expectant mom’s situation is different and your doctor can help you pick the right labor and delivery option for your situation.
Learn more about pregnancy and baby services at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Find an OB-GYN or midwife.
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