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Labor and Delivery, Vaginal Birth
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Labor and Delivery, Vaginal Birth?

Many women who have had a healthy pregnancy will have a vaginal birth. In a vaginal birth, the baby will come out through the birth canal. Most women give birth at around 38-41 weeks of pregnancy. However, there is no way to know exactly when you will go into labor.

Possible Complications

Your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Uterine infection
  • Tear of tissue around the vagina
  • Complications requiring forceps, vacuum extraction, or cesarean delivery (C-section)
  • Blood clots
  • Injury to the baby

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Anemia
  • Diabetes
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Lung or heart disease
  • Infectious disease (eg, active genital herpes infection, HIV )
  • Water breaking before your contractions start
  • Placenta previa (placenta positioned over the canal opening)
  • Abruptio placenta (early separation of the placenta from the wall of the womb)
  • Umbilical cord prolapse (umbilical cord slips out of the birth canal before...