NORMAL VS. ASSISTED DELIVERY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

03 March 17

Giving birth to a new life is empowering and enchanting. Reading up about various delivery methods will only help you feel well-equipped, making the experience more magical.

Which is why we tell you all that you should know about normal delivery of a baby versus assisted delivery.

Normal delivery:

Normal delivery is a term for a vaginal delivery, whether assisted/induced or not. It is a spontaneous normal delivery when the mother goes into labor without the use of drugs to induce labor, without forceps or vacuum extraction, and without a cesarean section.

What you need to know:

Normally, the baby comes out head-first and a delivery is complete only when the placenta and membranes deliver completely, the uterus contracts and the bleeding stops.

The head is the largest part of the baby to be delivered, followed by the shoulders and the rest of the body.

Assisted delivery:

Sometimes, during a normal delivery, when the mother finds it difficult to push the baby out she may need external help. This comes in the form of forceps or a small amount of suction applied to the baby’s head.

The delivery occurs through the vagina as the health care provider gently assists the baby’s head through the birth canal. It helps reduce the mother’s exertion which may otherwise harm her.

What you need to know:

  • Forceps are like tongs that guide the baby out. A vacuum extractor on the other hand uses controlled suction to do the same.
  • Anesthesia will be suggested by the health care provider and is required
  • The side effects of using forceps include red marks on the baby’s face, small bruises, and rare but temporary trauma to the facial nerves. All of this typically vanishes within a few hours or days
  • The side effects of using a vacuum includes the appearance of a blood blister which will fade away within 6 to 8 weeks

As stated earlier, pregnancy is a heart-warming experience and a little prior knowledge will go a long way!