Our midwife guides you through what to expect when your baby needs some help arriving in the world
If there’s one thing guaranteed to be on the mind of a mum-to-be approaching her due date, it’s how the delivery’s going to go. As you’re probably aware, there’s quite a lot of baby to come out of a fairly small opening. However, the vagina is an extremely elastic muscle so there’s really no need to worry about whether the baby will ‘fit’.
Most babies arrive just fine by themselves, but if they’re in distress, you’re exhausted or the contractions don’t seem to be effective, doctors can step in to ease the passage. When they do, it’s known as an assisted birth. One of the ways they can assist, of course, is by recommending an emergency c-section. But before that there are a few things they’ll try to get your baby out safely.
Here’s the lowdown on each…
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