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Which type of birth is right for you?

Mothers need to be attentive to their health and diet throughout the pregnancy because these measure support the baby’s development. To be well prepared, they should learn different types of childbirth (e.g. natural birth, water birth, or Cesarean delivery, known as C-section) the advantages and disadvantages of each type, and necessary information to decide which method would be most comfortable and suitable for them.

Natural birth (vaginal delivery)

Natural birth (vaginal delivery)

Natural birth is a method of giving birth with no or limited medical equipment. This procedure is beneficial to both the baby and the individual giving birth:

  • The recovery is quicker with a less painful (episiotomy) wound.
  • It helps reduce the risks of respiratory problems in the baby as the waste in the baby’s lungs is naturally expelled.
  • Natural birth increases immunity in allergic diseases for the baby which are produced from healthy bacteria, e.g. probiotics, in the birth canal.

The disadvantages of natural birth are:

  • Severe pain before the delivery occurs
  • Vaginal stretch and tearing
  • Vaginal prolapse leading to urinary incontinence and bowel movement
  • Potential injuries in the baby if obstetric forceps or vacuum suction cups are used to assist the delivery

Water birth

Water birth is another alternative for pregnant mothers. This procedure requires water temperature similar to the mother’s body and amniotic fluid which is around 35 – 37 degrees Celsius. Advantages of water include:

  • Less pain during delivery
  • Minor or reduced vaginal tearing
  • High relaxation in mothers
  • Fast recovery
  • The water birth gives the baby a simulated ambient to the womb. He/she will be able to breathe after reaching the water surface.

Water birth is not recommended if the following conditions exist:

  • This method is not suitable for mothers with genital skin diseases, e.g. herpes, as they can easily spread to the baby.
  • Mothers with twin pregnancies should not consider this childbirth type.
  • This procedure should be avoided if the baby is overweight or in an abnormal position e.g. a sitting position with buttocks and feet facing the birth canal.
  • Future mothers with hypertension should not consider this procedure.

Cesarean delivery (C-section)

Pregnant mothers can opt for Cesarean surgery using general or local anesthesia. General anesthesia will induce mothers to a state of unconsciousness i.e. sleep, while local anesthesia, known as a spinal block, will be performed by an anesthetic injection through the lower back into the spinal fluid to create numbness or insensitivity of pain in the area. Some of the advantages of the C-section are listed below:

  • With local anesthesia, mothers are conscious but do not feel pain during the surgery. The mothers will also have a chance to see the baby’s face as soon as the procedure is complete.
  • This method is good for mothers having narrow pelvis and medical conditions e.g. diabetes, heart disease, or an unhealthy baby in the womb.
  • The C-section can be planned and scheduled in advance. It gives the mother enough time to prepare for delivery.

However, there are disadvantages that pregnant mothers should consider:

  • C-section is considered a major surgery that involves moderate to high blood loss and potential bleeding after the operation.
  • Anaesthetic and sedative may trigger some complications in mothers
  • There are risks of oxygen deprivation in the baby from the usage of anaesthetic.
  • The surgery wound can be painful and take a longer time to recover.
  • Other health conditions including infection, fever, and blood clots, may occur.
  • C-section can leave a scar on the mothers’ abdomen.
  • Babies delivered by C-section are not born vaginally and will not acquire healthy bacteria living in the mothers’ birth canal. This leads to weaker immunity and risks to get sick easily.
  • Mothers who have undergone C-sections previously and have a scar on the uterus can only deliver a baby under this method to prevent a uterus rupture.

Each of the methods of delivery has different pros and cons that parents need to take into consideration. Pregnant mothers planning for stem cell collection can have the cord blood collected immediately after the delivery. A medical team from a stem cell bank will arrive at the hospital with a collection kit. The collected cord blood will be tested for pathogen screening and later stored in liquid nitrogen. The cord blood can be stored for the baby lifetime.

Cord blood collection

During pregnancy, the umbilical cord connects the mother to the baby to necessitate life. After childbirth, the umbilical cord will be expelled from the mother’s body, resulting in a missed opportunity to collect valuable stem cells and tissues that are identical to the baby’s. Cord blood collection will become necessary if one’s family has any medical history or multiracial background, and the baby or his/her sibling has any medical condition that requires stem cell treatments.

Cord tissue collection

Cord tissue collection is an alternative for parents that would like to be prepared for unexpected health issues that may occur within the family. It helps restore various deteriorations, repair the body through anti-aging medicine, and treat anti-aging and chronic diseases e.g. knee osteoarthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Stem cell is not far from us anymore. Parents’ decision on the pregnancy due date is very important for the baby given no turning back to that date once again.”

Sources: เว็บไซต์ The Asianparent , เว็บไซต์ Parentsone,เว็บไซต์ Pregskin ,เว็บไซต์40plus.posttoday

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