The Benefits of a Vaginal Delivery

Benefits of a Vaginal Birth

Posted on 03. Feb, 2012 by in Birth, Breastfeeding, Conceiving, Labor & Delivery, newborn, Pregnancy Education

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to give birth naturally, here are some helpful benefits to both mom and baby if you deliver vaginally.


Benefits for baby:


Babies come when they’re ready

We’re not talking about being induced here, if you just let nature take its course, then your baby will be born when they’re ready.

When labor is started naturally, your body takes over. It allows itself to dilate, efface, and contract to push your child down the birth canal.

If labor starts naturally, then you know that your child is ready to be born — in that its lungs and other major developments have finished maturing and your baby is able to survive without any medical interventions.

Lowered risk of respiratory problems

When your baby passes through your vaginal opening, the pressure helps to expel the amniotic fluid in your baby’s lungs.

Thus helping to clear away any blockages in the lungs and nasal areas naturally rather than with extra medical attention.

Babies receive protective bacteria

As they pass through your birth canal, your baby picks up a protective bacteria that they ingest. This bacteria colonizes in their intestines and forms a balanced immune system as they develop from childhood into adulthood.

Benefits for mother:


Quick recovery & shorter hospital stay

I delivered my son vaginally on a Saturday and was home by noon on Monday.

The recovery time for a vaginal delivery is much shorter than with a C-section. Within hours, you can stand, go to the bathroom, and shower if you’d like.

A shorter hospital stay means that mom and baby get to go back to the comfort and security of their own home much faster than with a C-section delivery, lowering the stress levels for the entire family.

No scar risk in future births

Since you had your child vaginally, there is no scar left over from a C-section. This means your subsequent births have zero risk of tearing any uterine scars left over from a C-section.

Lower maternal mortality

Problems can arise in any birthing incident, but studies have shown that the mortality risk to the delivering mother is far less severe than that of a C-section operation.

Less interference from hospital staff means less emergency scenarios for mom and baby, giving both a higher rate of survival.

  • The above is true for low-risk pregnancies. If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, then you should follow the advice of your medical professional.
  • Always keep yourself researching throughout your entire pregnancy. Learn all that you can on your pregnancy, labor, delivery, and developing baby. The more you know – the more prepared you’ll be for your baby’s arrival.
  • Write your concerns and questions down and go over them with your doctor or midwife. No concern is unimportant when it comes to the health and well-being of you, your child, and your family.


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