What is a Normal Vaginal Delivery?
Normal Vaginal Delivery is the natural process of birth to a baby through the vagina, which is also called the birth canal. This type of delivery has the lowest risk with spontaneous onset of labor taking place between 37 and 42 weeks. Labor will progress on its own. Post-Normal Vaginal Delivery, the mother and the baby will be in good and stable condition and get enough time for breastfeeding and bonding.
What are the benefits of Normal Vaginal Delivery?
Normal Vaginal Delivery has multiple benefits for both the mother and the child. Some of the benefits are:
- Faster recovery time
- Shorter hospital stay
- No impact on future pregnancies
- No infections or major complications
- Immediate postpartum care
- Good for the baby’s immunity
- No delay in breastfeeding
How does Normal Vaginal Delivery occur?
Normal Vaginal Delivery occurs in three phases of labour:
- The first phase is when the contractions increase, and the cervix starts to open up. This is generally the longest stage.
- The second stage is when the cervix is fully open. This is the time when the baby needs to be pushed through the vagina with contractions.
- The third stage is after the birth of the baby when the womb contracts and causes the placenta to come out through the vagina.
How long does a Normal Vaginal Delivery last?
For first-time mothers, a Normal Vaginal Delivery or active labour will take about seven to eight hours. For consecutive births, Normal Vaginal Delivery will be much quicker.
How painful is a Normal Vaginal Delivery?
The pain during delivery will depend on the mental and physical health, body positioning, and nutrition of the mother. Normal Vaginal Delivery is a natural way of childbirth. While there will be a pain, recovery will be quick. Being physically active will ease the delivery process.
What other types of deliveries?
Other types of deliveries are:
- Cesarean delivery
- Scheduled induction
- Assisted deliveries
- Water birth
- Multiple deliveries
Who performs a Normal Vaginal Delivery?
Gynecologists and Obstetricians perform a Normal Vaginal Delivery.