It really is up to each mother, and the circumstances surrounding her pregnancy, as to which way she may want to give birth. There are two options for giving birth: a vaginal birth after Caesarean section (VBAC) or an elective repeat Caesarean section.
Most women can have successful VBACs without any complications. However, one of the risks that you will hear a lot about is uterine rupture. This is when the scar along the uterus from a previous C-Section opens during a vaginal delivery. It is very rare and affects less than 1 percent of pregnant women, but it is important that you know this risk.
Video: Gentle C-Sections
Each week we like to share a video with you.
This week are a looking at gentle c-sections, as explained by the Jentle Childbirth Foundation. This is still major surgery, but the video explains to you how you can ask your caregivers to treat your birth experience as a personal and memorable event, rather than simply a medical procedure.
If you read the book The Microbiome Effect by Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford you will learn that how your baby is born (whether vaginally or via a c-section) can impact it's long-term health.
This book has been written following some emerging research that shows how vital bacteria are for human health. The human body is made up of of trillions of human cells and microbes (bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi etc). These cells and microbes live on and inside us. The bacteria inside our body help it work properly and give it the ability to fight off diseases.
OK, so not all induced labours result in C-Sections, but many of them do.
Being offered an induction must be clinically justified. Being ‘overdue’ is NOT a good enough reason on its own.
HOW TO HAVE A POSITIVE BIRTH EXPERIENCE
I'd like to think that there are lots of women out there having good birth experiences. Here are some tips on how to make your baby's birth special to you.
THE MICROBIOME EFFECT - AN EYE-OPENING BOOK FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS AND ANTENATAL EDUCATORS
The Microbiome Effect by Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford is a fascinating book of emerging research that indicates how vital bacteria are for human health. A baby's exposure to them during labour, birth and beyond helps kick-start their developing immune system. This book reveals the impact of babies born via Caesarean Section (C-Section) and how this potentially alters the course of their immune development and makes them more susceptible to non-communicable diseases.