Facts about normal vs C-section delivery, all women must know

Human birth is truly a miracle. It can be performed in 2 ways: by normal delivery or a C-section. The gynecologist is the one that chooses the best method according to the health of the baby and mother.

Here, we’re going to present you the pros and cons of both delivery methods.

C section

Vaginal birth

Pros for the mother

All women that gave birth normally have described their experience as positive from a psychological standpoint. When some women are going through a vaginal delivery, they even feel more empowering, and the method is better than a C-section because of the shorter recovery time. The normal delivery method also allows the mother and baby to bond immediately after the baby comes out.

Pros for the baby

Babies born through vaginal birth can make an immediate contact with their mother and are said to bond better. During the process of vaginal delivery, muscles in the area are more likely to squeeze out the fluid from the baby’s lungs, which means there are smaller chances for a baby to suffer from respiratory problems. These babies also receive a dose of healthy bacteria through their mother’s birth canal, which can strengthen their immune system and protect their organs.

Cons for the mother

Vaginal delivery is a stressful experience and can take a while. There are women who give birth in minutes while in others, it can take hours. A vaginal delivery also makes the planning process for the baby difficult as the mother is obsessed with the big day.

Cons for the baby

A baby may get injured during vaginal delivery, but this occurs in rare cases.


Pros for the mother

The C-section doesn’t come with a lot of advantages, but knowing that you must have it leaves a lot of time to prepare for the procedure mentally. The only advantage is the shorter time to give birth.

Cons for the mother

A C-section requires staying at the hospital for 2-4 days averagely if everything goes well. A C-section also increases the risk of physical complaints after the delivery such as pain and soreness. The procedure increases the risk of blood loss and infection as well, and some studies claim that women who gave birth with a C-section start breastfeeding later.

The recovery period is long as the area needs time to heal properly. The risk of death is also increased. Women delivering through a C-section are 3 times more likely to die, mainly because of blood clots, infections or complications from the anesthesia.

When a woman delivers her firstborn child with a C-section, she might have to deliver all of her future babies with the same procedure. This complicates further pregnancies, and also increases the risk of placenta problems.

Cons for the baby

Some babies have respiratory problems when delivered by C-section. There’s also the possibility of problems with anesthesia or nicking the baby. These cases are rare, but still exist.

Many factors may influence the decision and the choice is yours. A C-section is specifically required in some cases and the procedure must be carried out even if vaginal birth is preferred.