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Normal Vaginal Delivery

Normal Vaginal Delivery: Introduction

A vaginal delivery is the passage of a fetus and afterbirth (placenta) from the uterus. Vaginal delivery is the standard procedure for childbirth; a cesarean section is an alternate method that is usually performed when a vaginal delivery would not be safe for mother or child. After a vaginal delivery, mother and child are usually able to leave the hospital within a few days....more »

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Normal Vaginal Delivery: Related Terms

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Normal Vaginal Delivery: Overview

What is Normal Vaginal Delivery? Routine vaginal delivery refers to the delivery of a baby through the birth canal without surgery. Women will experience contractions which indicate the beginning of labor and the cervix begins to widen (dilated). When the uterus is fully dilated, the baby's head will begin to appear and the baby will come out of the vaginal canal....more »

Profile: Patient Candidates for Normal Vaginal Delivery

Who are candidates for Normal Vaginal Delivery? Routine vaginal delivery is for women who do not have complications such as carrying more than one child or a carrying a baby that shows signs of distress....more »

Normal Vaginal Delivery: Treatment Options

What are alternatives to Normal Vaginal Delivery? Cesarean Section (C-Section) is an alternative to vaginal delivery. It is delivery through an incision in the abdomen....more »

Normal Vaginal Delivery: Preparing for Surgery

How do you prepare for Normal Vaginal Delivery? During pregnancy, you will have plenty of time to prepare for childbirth. Here is a list of things to consider prior to delivery:

  • Choosing a hospital
  • Child birth classes
  • Breast feeding classes
  • Compiling a packing list for the hospital
  • Preparing the sleeping area and having ample supplies on hand
  • Arranging for household help if possible

Arranging for where you will deliver the baby and how you will get there are very important decisions as you will not know when you will go into labor.

Childbirth decisions such as whether to deliver your baby drug-free or with the assistance of pain medications is entirely your decision. You should discuss the details of these options and more with your doctor well in advance of your delivery....more »

Normal Vaginal Delivery: Recovery After Surgery

What is the Normal Vaginal Delivery recovery process? After your delivery, you will be able to hold your baby. If your baby has special needs or any medical problems, your baby may be moved to another unit or room. For vaginal delivery, your hospital stay will generally last for up to 48 hours. Your recovery from childbirth depends on your circumstances. You may experience any of the following:

  • Vaginal soreness - some women undergo an episiotomy, a surgical cut made by your doctor to enlarge the opening of the vagina. This wound or a natural vaginal tear will be sore after delivery and you may ice the area to relieve some discomfort.
  • Vaginal discharge - a discharge called lochia will occur for up to eight weeks after delivery. Sanitary pads are recommended for discharge as opposed to tampons to reduce the likelihood of infection.
  • Hemorrhoids - hemorrhoids are stretched and swollen veins around the anus that are common after childbirth. To relieve discomfort associated with hemorrhoids, you may soak in a warm bath or apply hazel pads to the affected area. You should eat a high-fiber nutritious diet as well.
  • Sore breasts - after delivery your breasts will become sore and enlarged. This is due to your breasts expressing milk for your baby.
  • Difficulty urinating - the tissues around the urethra and bladder may be swollen after delivery and may cause you to have difficulty urinating. Contracting and releasing the pelvic muscles can help as well as applying hot or cold packs to the area.

You may return to normal activities such as exercise as soon as possible to gain strength after delivery. Depending on your body, this may be two to four weeks after delivery. Start slow and gradually increase your level of activity. Avoid strenuous activities such as running at first. You should wait about four to six weeks before having sexual intercourse to reduce the risk of infection and bleeding.

It is important to note that you can become pregnant again before your first period. You should consider other methods of birth control during this time if you do not want to become pregnant immediately.

Many women experience what's referred to as the "baby blues" or post-partum blues after delivery. Women may experience, mood swings, anxiety, weepiness and regret for a few days or up to two weeks after delivery. Some women may actually suffer from post-partum depression which is a more severe case of the blues and usually lasts well beyond two weeks. If you have suicidal thoughts or experience feelings of hopelessness, you should seek professional help immediately....more »

Normal Vaginal Delivery: Costs of Surgery

What is the cost of Normal Vaginal Delivery? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Pre-existing health
  • Insurance co-pay
  • Location of the facility

These factors vary depending on you and your situation.

The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.

The detailed cost estimate for Normal Vaginal Delivery, includes costs for:

  • Routine obstetric care, vaginal delivery with or without episiotomy, forceps, pre delivery care (antepartum care) and/ or after delivery care (postpartum care).

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Normal Vaginal Delivery: Find a Surgeon or Specialist

Where can I find a Normal Vaginal Delivery doctor or surgeon? Normal Vaginal Delivery is typically performed by doctors specializing in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Nationally, there are 43486 practicing Obstetricians & Gynecologists. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Normal Vaginal Delivery doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!

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