A normal vaginal delivery occurs when the fetus and afterbirth pass from the uterus through the vaginal canal. Contractions in the uterus begin that dilate the cervix. Once the cervix is fully dilated, the baby emerges from the vaginal canal.
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Conditions Treated with a Normal Vaginal Delivery:
A normal vaginal delivery is utilized to deliver a fetus.
There are no non-surgical alternatives to a normal vaginal delivery. However, a cesarean section may be utilized as a surgical alternative if there is reason to believe a vaginal delivery would not be safe for the mother or unborn child.
Anesthesia with a Normal Vaginal Delivery:
A normal vaginal delivery can be performed with local or regional anesthesia.
Potential Complications from a Normal Vaginal Delivery:
Possible risks following a normal vaginal delivery include infection, bleeding, tearing and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible for there to be a nuchal cord (umbilical cord wrapped around the fetus’ neck) or fetal distress.
Prognosis after a Normal Vaginal Delivery:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a normal vaginal delivery is good.
Recovery from a Normal Vaginal Delivery:
Recovery from a normal vaginal delivery takes approximately six weeks.