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Childbirth Options In a Complication

Be aware of different delivery options while dealing with complications in pregnancy as it helps to make an informed choice. Find here methods of delivery commonly used.

When you are dealing with complications in pregnancy, you may not be given the option to choose the natural method of birth to welcome your little wonder in this world. With plenty of emergency care facilities available, you can choose from different other child birth methods. In fact you can discuss all possibilities with your doctor before hand and let him or her suggest that one that shall be the best for both of you.

What are the alternatives to a normal delivery during complications?

Sometimes, when a vaginal delivery does not proceed as expected, the doctor might need to offer assistance to complete the process. This could be done with the help of forceps or a vacuum extractor (ventouse), or even a caesarian section.

When does the doctor not prefer vaginal (or "normal" delivery)?

In the case of multiple deliveries and breech births, these problems are anticipated in advance and are treated as special deliveries from the start. If the doctor is highly experienced, he or she may try for a vaginal delivery in both these cases, and only use a caesarean section if any sort of emergency were to arise.

What Is to Be Considered?

Today with advancement in medical science and facilities, you have plenty of labour and delivery options to choose from. However, there is certain condition upon which your doctor may suggest a suitable childbirth option. Take a look at the factors your doctor may consider.
  • If it is your first pregnancy.
  • What kind of experiences you had with your previous deliveries.
  • The kind of complications you are dealing with and how severe they are.
  • Your age and any special care that you need in your case.
  • If you want antenatal and postnatal care.
  • If you have twins or more.
However, your doctor shall be the best judge in this case. Rely on him or her for the best possible solutions in your case.

Different Delivery Options in Complications

The basic delivery methods apart from natural are caesarean and medicated. We shall have a detailed look into them here.

Medicated Childbirth

Sometimes you may be suggested some medicines to cope with the arising complications in pregnancy. Medicines are suggested to ease labour pain. You can discuss with your doctor about the different pain relief options that shall help you understand the different possibilities. Anaesthetics, tranquilizers and analgesics are some of the best pain relief measures. In case things get even more complicated, doctors even suggest a general anaesthesia.


Analgesics such as Damerol are offered through IV drip into your muscles and veins. This is offered when your labour is on the way. The medicine is passed through a needle connected to the tube in a plastic bag.

Effects of these drugs on your baby shall depend on how closely it has been used and on the dosage. While some newborns are born sleepy, others may have breathing trouble and may need oxygen. You need not worry much about these side effects, as these shall wear off quickly.

Caesarean Section in High Risk Pregnancy

A caesarean section involves incision of your abdomen and the uterus to bring out your baby. You will need more time to recover in this case and you may have to follow certain restrictions even after few weeks of your delivery.

Women with high risk pregnancy or birth defects are generally suggested this method. Caesarean section is also commonly advised in case of multiple births. Your doctor shall suggest you to go for a C section if he feels you may have some health concerns. The delivery method has become much faster today.

Forceps Delivery

A spoon like metal is inserted through your vagina to grip your baby's head. This process is designed to speed up your delivery. The technique is applied when the baby's heart beat slows down. Forceps reduce the chances of a caesarean section.

This method of delivery has become less popular these days and many prefer to opt for vacuum extraction. Forceps increase the chances of bruising head of the baby and it might look elongated as well. However, the bruises or swelling shall stop few days after his or her birth.

Not only during complications but also assisted birth is often chosen as an option when you are too tired of pushing or when you get distressed by the whole process.

What are different methods of delivery preferred in case of complication? How to deal with complications in pregnancy? How is delivery aided when a woman is distressed by the labour process? Discuss here.

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Shailaja.5 years ago
I was carrying twins and was also overweight. I had no option but to go in for caesarian delivery. After delivery period was a testing time for me...
palak.8 years ago
want to know why and when casearian
is to be done.
jayendra.8 years ago
good article in this website.
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