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Having your baby normally
For most women having a baby is an exciting and wonderful time but it can be a little worrying if you are not sure what type of birth would be best for you and your baby. Here in Northamptonshire we believe that birth is a normal process and most healthy women can have a normal vaginal birth with a minimum of medical procedures. This view is supported by professional groups including the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists whose members are the staff who care for women during pregnancy and labour
Our Maternity Services are funded to provide high quality safe care for you and your baby throughout pregnancy and birth and are entrusted to do so. This includes providing support and encouragement for normal childbirth and, when it is necessary and safe to do so, for surgical intervention including caesarean sections. Your midwife of doctor will only advise a caesarean section if there is a specific medical reason.
Scientific research is uncovering more and more benefits of normal vaginal birth for both the mother and the baby. The research shows that for most women nature’s way is still the best. Most women would also prefer a normal birth and most, though not all, would prefer to avoid any interventions during labour. We encourage you to make contact with your local midwife as early in your pregnancy as possible so that you can make plans for your antenatal care and birth. We will be happy to include your partner or a family member or friend in the discussions.
Caesarean birth involves major surgery and as with other surgical procedures, there are risks involved. Sometimes the benefits of the caesarean will outweigh the risks, and sometimes the normal birth benefits will outweigh the risks of the caesarean. Your midwife or doctor will discuss the risk and benefits with you and will only advise you against a normal birth if it is necessary.
Circumstances differ between pregnancies and just because you had a caesarean birth for one baby this does not necessarily mean it will be necessary for future births. If you do need a caesarean birth then your midwife or doctor will talk to you about this afterwards so that you understand why this was necessary and whether you will be able to have a normal birth in the future.