While c-sections have become a norm for many mothers, several of them still prefer to undergo a normal delivery. In many cases, after a c-section for their first delivery they may opt for a natural birthing for the subsequent ones – this is known as vaginal birth after c-section or VBAC. At Mother Hospitals, provided there are no additional risk factors to the mother or the baby, we encourage mothers-to-be to explore and undergo VBAC, should they so desire to.!
The key to a successful VBAC is a continuous conversation with your gynaecologist and regular electronic foetal monitoring. Having an open mind is essential and allowing the gynaecologist to take the most informed decision is critical.
Labour is one of the most stressful steps involved in the entire pregnancy term, a pregnant woman would typically experience 4 stages of Labor,
- Effacement And Dilation- In this stage, the cervix begins to dilate and expand to an average of at least 10 centimetres within 12-13 hours of active labour. This stage typically includes early labour, active labour and transition to the second stage of labour. In the early labour stage, you can still walk around and do your chores, however as soon as the frequency intensifies, active labour begins, wherein, talking becomes hard, contractions increase and your water might break. After this, you transition into the 2nd stage, which involves trembles, hot and cold flashes, painful contractions and sweating.
- The Second stage of Labour involves a fully dilated cervix and the baby to be pushed out of the birthing canal! This stage requires medical help and support since the mother needs to push with each contraction to make the delivery possible.
- Once the baby is out,10 to 15 minutes post-delivery, the uterus continues to contract so that the placenta can come out as well, this is the Third Stage of Labour.
- The final and fourth stage involves extensive nursing to the mother and baby, and assistance with breastfeeding and post-delivery vaginal care.
Childbirth classes also help parents understand what happens during the course of labour and what to anticipate in advance. They receive counselling on pain, fear and stress and all queries regarding the same are answered by experts to assuage their fears.