General Article What are my options for giving birth?

Topic Selected: Pregnancy Book Volume: 394

You may be trying to decide whether to have a vaginal birth or a caesarean section (c-section). Speak to your midwife or doctor as soon as possible. They can give you the information and support you need to understand your birth options.

Can I choose what type of birth I want?

Yes, you can usually choose how and where you give birth.

The type of birth you have will depend on: 

  • your preferences
  • your and your baby’s health 
  • where you choose to give birth. 

Speak to your midwife as early as you can about your options. They can explain the benefits and risks of vaginal and c-section births. 

If you or your baby have any illnesses or complications, your midwife or doctor may offer you:

  • an induction for early vaginal birth
  • a planned c-section.

They will explain the advantages and disadvantages of both options. 

You have the right to take part in discussions with your doctor or midwife to help you make informed decisions about your care. Doctors cannot give you treatment you do not wan...

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