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Birthing Options: Delivering a Baby

In this section, you will find helpful information on a variety of issues related to having and caring for your baby. Not all physicians or practitioners offer all of these options. Please talk with your healthcare provider to see what birthing options he or she offers.

  • Cesarean Section – Cesarean delivery, also referred to as c-section delivery, a c-section, or surgical birth,  is a surgery that is performed to deliver the baby when a vaginal birth is not possible or threatens the safety of the mother or her baby. Click here for more details.
  • Family Centered Cesarean (FCC) – A planned cesarean birth focused on creating a special environment for bonding between the parents and the child in the first moments of life. Some examples include allowing the mom's free arm to interact with the baby, permitting the mom and her support person an unobstructed view of the birth, and immediately transferring the baby to the mother’s chest for skin-to-skin contact instead of following the normal post-cesarean procedures (such as taking the baby off to be examined, cleaned, weighed and swaddled before being introduced to the mother).
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) – This refers to having a normal vaginal birth after having already had a cesarean section (c-section) when delivering a previous baby. Trial of labor after c-section (TOLAC)/Vaginal birth after c-section (VBAC) IS permitted for patients with ONE OR TWO previous c-sections.  Patients with three or more previous c-sections will need to schedule a c-section.
  • Vaginal Twin Delivery – A vaginal delivery for a woman pregnant with twins. Whether vaginal birth with twins is an option will depend on several factors, such as the size of the babies, the position of each baby and whether the twins share a placenta.
  • Water Immersion/Water Birth – DeKalb Medical now offers two classes for those considering water immersion or water birth options. We have an online class which you can read and complete at your leisure and there is a class offered at DeKalb Medical, with an instructor, covering topics in more detail as well as providing the opportunity to ask any questions. Both water immersion and water births require an OB provider approval. To prepare for either option, it is required to take one of these classes. We recommend taking the class during your 6th – 7th month of pregnancy. Please click here to take the online class or click here to register for the in-person class (fee required).

Emory Decatur Hospital believes and supports one birth at a time. Each of our providers works individually with his/her patients to ensure each expectant mother understands potential risks and safety guidelines and how they will address them during the birthing process. It is crucial that mothers understand all risks and safety recommendations in order to make informed consent about any procedure. Click here to download the Birth Plan Form.

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