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10 Ways To Avoid A C-Section
C-section or caesarean section is performed by doctors, if mother is not physically ready for a vaginal or normal delivery. Other possible reasons for C-section may be breech baby, foetal or maternal complications and foetal distress.
In a C-section doctors use spinal or epidural anaesthesia and deliver baby by surgical procedure. This article enlightens 10 ways to avoid c-section and helps to overcome your fear of labour.
10 Ways To Avoid A C-Section
Gain Knowledge About Labour
Join a nearby or an online labour class or read child birth related books to gain knowledge on child birth and labour. This gives guidelines on how to get normal delivery and helps to prepare yourself mentally to face labour.
Choose A Reliable Hospital And Doctor
In the recent days, C-section rate is increasing rapidly. It is your foremost duty to enquire and choose a hospital, which does not run only on commercial aspects, but also with some morality. Secondly choose a doctor with less c-section rates, either by enquiring about him or by collecting information from the people around you. Do not opt for a hospital or a doctor about which you have less or no idea.
Get Assistance From Doula
Doula is a female person with the familiarity of labour process, for supporting and assisting pregnant women. Hiring a doula decreases your c-section rate by 50%.
Seek Help From Chiropractor
Seek the advice of a prenatal chiropractor all over your pregnancy, which increases your chances of normal delivery up to 85%. She plays a vital role especially when the baby is in posterior, breech or any mal positions.
Avoid Early Admission In Hospital
Getting yourself admitted in hospital early labour will expose you to unnecessary interventions. Staying home until you get true labour pain is a key to avoid c-section.
Prefer Intermittent Foetal Monitoring
Though it appears to be counterintuitive, researches proves that continuous foetal monitoring results in C-section. Also it does not contribute much to better birth outcomes. The main problem with continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring (EFM) is that, it restricts movement of mother during labour. Instead, fetal monitoring in intermittent manner by Doppler device would be a better alternative. This reduces likelihood of c-section or an instrument delivery.
Induction is a process of forcing a labour if you are not physically prepared to give birth to your child. This is not only painful but also a labour which is non progressive. In most of the cases, induction of labour results in c section. This is very true especially in the case of first delivery. The factors like readiness to give birth and your cervix quality enables to decide whether induction will result in c-section or not.
Use Epidural Smartly
Medications like epidural anaesthesia should be used smartly. It should be used only when you are in active labour or you have past five centimetres, to enable normal delivery.
Push After The Readiness Of Your Body
Even a dilation of ten centimetres is early for a push. If you push when your body is not ready, it is not only needless but also can have adverse effects.
Watch Your Posture
Avoid being semi seated or lying on the back throughout your delivery. This decreases your pelvis size, and gives an illusion that your pelvis is too narrow for a normal delivery and you may be recommended for c-section. Set aside your fear of c-section by following the above guidelines and approach your labour gracefully.
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