Main Differences Between Cesarean Section And Natural Labor

Date July 11, 2018 18:51

The debates whether the labor with the help of Cesarean section has negative consequences for the mother’s and child’s health have already continued for several decades. Nevertheless, more and more children are born in this way every year. Let us figure out what is the difference between natural childbirth and C-section.

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The child is in sterile conditions in the womb. Therefore, the first portion of the microbes the kid receives during the birth when it becomes infected with useful microflora (lactobacilli).

The “Caesarea’ process is dominated by other bacteria, staphylococci. Statistics show such children are more affected by staphylococcal infection, allergies, and asthma, and tend to take probiotics for improving their condition.


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The period of breastfeeding should be postponed due to the lack of milk and a woman’s long rehabilitation after a Cesarean section. In addition, mothers are often forced to take antibiotics, which also influence the increased period without breastfeeding. Eventually, it doesn’t affect the immunity of the baby in the best way possible.

Forceps or vacuum?

Children born naturally are susceptible to threats. It is a rare practice, but it still takes place in the modern medicine: to get the baby out of the birth canal, doctors use forceps or vacuum. In some cases, these tools can injure a child, but this risk is really minimal if an obstetrician is acting competently and professionally.

As usual, a Cesarean section is used only for medical purposes, when natural births may threaten the mother or child. However, some women choose this method as a more rapid and relatively painless way of childbirth. However, the C-section increases the risk of infection and entails a long rehabilitation period.

How is the Cesarean section performed?

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A cut of the skin is made below the abdomen, with the subsequent dissection of all uterus layers through the made hole. After a child is delivered, the placenta and the lining of the uterus is removed, while the skin is sewn back. As you see, natural birth and Cesarean section have many significant differences. Each method has its advantages and drawbacks. Remember, only a doctor can recommend doing a C-section in conformity with the interests of both the mother and the child.

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