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Health Matters: The Difference in C-Section and Vaginal Birth

For many expecting moms, labor and delivery can be the scary part of having a baby. “It’s very safe to get pregnant and have a baby in the United States, however it’s the riskiest thing a young woman can do,” said Dr. Rachel Wykes, an OB/GYN with Lee Health.

When deciding the safest way to deliver the baby, doctors consider a few things like the baby’s position, if the baby is in distress, and how the mom is progressing during labor. “We know that the maternal mortality rate if you a vaginal delivery is much lower, for every 100,000 women that have a vaginal delivery about 3.5 will die, as opposed to a C-section of 100,000, about 13 is the mortality rate,” Dr. Wykes said.

While cesarean deliveries are needed and can be lifesaving at times, doctors say they do have a longer recovery and a higher risk of infection. “The healing and recovery are much faster with vaginal delivery, there’s also a bonding component that happens, from the neonatal side, when they are passing through the vaginal canal that kind of pressure and stress really helps with their lung development,” she explained.

Studies show giving moms more time and support during labor can improve their chances of delivering vaginally.

“The nurses play a huge part in supporting the patient through labor, and we are very proud of our nursing staff. They have been on staff with us for so long it’s like a family up there,” said Dr. Wykes.
While there are advantages and risks to both types of delivery, doctors say things like post-partum depression and urinary incontinence can happen either way. The goal is to give mom and baby the safest delivery possible.

Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation, and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic-assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.

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