4 Different Methods of Childbirth

Bayo Ajibola

Welcoming a new baby in many homes, can be said to be one of the most exciting things that could ever happen to any family. As years have rolled by, new methods on how to deliver a child keeps cropping up given mums to be several options to chose from.

From giving birth in the hospitals, to home births to even other places birth, modern technology, has ensured that there are several choices available for the birthing of a child depending on the situation of the things at that moment.

It should also be noted that a few of these methods can be optional on the part of the mum as many women would prefer using CS to birth their child, while others prefer good old fashioned vaginal delivery.

For mums out there in need of more information on the types of childbirth methods available, this post is specially for you.

Nuff said right, lets dive into the matter of the day. Here are 4 types of childbirth available in the modern world we live in today.

  • Vaginal Birth

This is like the oldest of the birthing methods known to man. This method sees the baby been born through the birth canal usually around 38-41 weeks of pregnancy.

This method is widely recommended for pregnant women around the globe except in cases complications arise. Here are 4 benefits of vaginal birth:

shorter hospital stays

lower infection rates

quicker recovery

babies born vaginally have a lower risk of respiratory problems

  • Cesarean Section

In cases where complications arises during labour and vaginal birth is no longer an option, other methods become top of the list with CS in most cases oping it.

A cesarean section or C-section entails a baby been delivered via a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. In some cases, a C-section is usually scheduled in advance while in others, it’s carried out in response to an unforeseen complication.

Complications that may warrant C-Section:

Multiples (twins, triplets, etc)

A very large baby

Previous surgery, C-Sections, or other uterine conditions

Baby is in breech (bottom first) or transverse (sideways) position

Placenta previa (when the placenta is low in the uterus and covers the cervix)


  •  Vacuum Extraction

A vacuum extraction is another method used in delivering a child. This methods ususally takes place while a woman is trying o give birth via the vaginal. During vacuum extraction, a doctor/nurse, applies the vacuum (a soft or rigid cup with a handle and a vacuum pump) to the baby’s head to help guide the baby out of the birth canal.

Forceps Delivery

The 4th birthing method is forceps delivery. This type of delivery is a type of operative vaginal delivery. Forceps delivery, is sometimes used during the course of vaginal childbirth. When using a forceps delivery, a health care provider applies forceps (an instrument shaped like a pair of large spoons or salad tongs) to the baby’s head, this in turn helps guide the baby out of the birth canal.

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