Delivery Methods

There are many different methods of delivery, and it’s important that you explore your options to determine which birthing method you want to pursue most. Here are just a few of the most common delivery methods. For more information on which delivery method is right for you, contact the Family Birthing Center at Columbus Regional.

Vaginal Birth

Still the most common form of delivery method today, vaginal birth can be done with or without medication. Should the need for medication arise, your doctor will explain your options and any inherent risks. Vaginal births have the benefit of: shorter hospital stays, lower infections rates, quicker recovery and reduced risk of respiratory problems for babies.

Cesarean Section

In the event that complications arise during vaginal birth, doctors may decide to proceed with a cesarean section instead, wherein a surgical incision is made in the mother’s abdomen and uterus in order to extract the baby. Circumstances that may require a C-Section include: baby in breech (bottom first) or transverse (sideways), very large baby, twins/triplets, etc., complications due to previous surgery, fibroids (typically benign growths developed during pregnancy) or placenta previa (placenta covers the cervix).

Planned Cesarean Section

In some cases, a cesarean section may be planned, particularly, if the baby is predicted to be too large to pass through your pelvis. Other factors may include previous C-Sections or surgeries or an active genital herpes infection.

Other, more non-traditional methods include:

Water Birth

Water births are becoming increasingly popular, due to claims that water births may decrease a woman’s pain during labor and birth. They are typically conducted in a waist-deep, clean, warm pool of water. Some women choose to have their baby out of the water once they’ve dilated, while others remain in the water throughout the entire birthing process.

Home Birth

Home births are another option, but are not nearly as common for several reasons. While fans of home births argue that giving birth at home, in a familiar setting, provides a more relaxing and comfortable environment, doctors may warn against this method for high-risk pregnancies or in the event of complications that may arise during birth.


Founded by Marie Mongan in 1989, hypnobirthing employs self-hypnosis in an attempt to extinguish feelings of fear and anxiety, which are believed to contribute to the pain felt during labor and birth. It is also said that babies born under the method of hypnobirthing share the relaxed state of mind of mom, and end up being calmer, more alert and better sleepers and eaters.

Regardless of which method you decide is right for you, it’s important that you develop your birthing plan long before your estimated delivery. Make sure that you are comfortable with your provider, and that they understand and respect your goals.

Have questions? Feel free to contact The Family Birthing Center for important information about your pregnancy, delivery and all the education you need along the way!


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