The majority of births are done vaginally. This involves the mother pushing and the baby passing through the birth canal and out the vagina. Some new moms go through this without the assistance of medication, while others prefer to have an epidural to help ease the pain they experience during childbirth. You can discuss your preferences with your obstetrician prior to your due date when you discuss your birth plan.
If you have a vaginal birth, you will need to stay in the hospital for a while after. This gives your obstetrician the chance to make sure you are healing properly afterward. On average, women who have a vaginal delivery stay in the hospital for 36 to 48 hours after delivery.
The CDC estimates that a little over 30 percent of all births are done via C-section. With this, your obstetrician will surgically deliver the baby via an incision in the mother’s abdomen. You will need time to heal after this type of delivery. Not only will you stay in the hospital under the watchful eye of your obstetrician for a few days after, but you will need to continue to heal and care for your incision for a few weeks after you return home.
There are many reasons your obstetrician may perform a C-section, including:
Contact your top Alpharetta and Atlanta OBGYN for your obstetrics and gynecology care.