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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 – Emory Decatur supports water immersion during labor and water birth options for today's women desiring choices for pain relief in labor and birth. If you are interested in learning more about water immersion during labor or water birth, we invite you to take this free, online class. To find out if water immersion during labor and/or water birth is an option for you, please speak with your OB Provider. Both water immersion and water birth require OB Provider approval. If your OB Provider has already approved water birth as a part of your birth plan, you are required to complete this free online class prior to coming to the hospital. We recommend completing the class during your 6th - 7th month of pregnancy. You must bring your certificate to the hospital when you arrive in labor to be eligible to participate in water birth.

    Please Note: Completing this class does not guarantee you will be able to experience water immersion in labor or water birth. Please click here to take the online class.

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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