Hi friends! For this post I wanted to discuss and compare a natural (vaginal) delivery vs. a C-section (surgical caesarean section). I know it is often hard to compare the two, as most moms have had either one or the other, but I am currently 5 months pregnant, and am on track to deliver naturally- VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). My first experience with childbirth was an emergency C-section due to Preeclampsia, and now I am eager to see how a natural birth compares.
So since I cannot talk from personal experience about a natural delivery, I will draw from various resources- including personal testimonials, and information found on the World Wide Web. I have discussed this topic with many different mommy's, and have heard their accounts of each option.
My aunt, for example, has had both types of deliveries. She had a natural delivery with her first daughter, and caesarean with her set of twins the second time around. She said that she preferred C-section, partly because of the advanced knowledge of when, where and how she was going to give birth. She said that either way it is going to hurt after, but that she had piece of mind knowing the exact details of her birthing plan.
I know that in many cases, such as mine and my aunts, you cannot plan the way you deliver. Complications arise that force the doctors' hand, such as having multiples, and health issues for the mother. At the end of the day what really matters is delivering a healthy baby, and keeping mom as safe as possible; But if you are able to decide, what are the pros and cons of each method?