Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anon | 2008/11/17


In the best interest of a newborn?

Hi Dr
I am expecting my first child and from a baby prof, I would like to find out which birth option, caesar or vaginal delivery is best and as least traumatic for a newborn. Do you see a higher apgar score in one type of delivery than another? I have heard of babies going into distress during labour, being born blue from a long delivery, forceps, vacuum and then there is the risk of wet lung in a caesar delivery. I waited a very long time for this pregnancy and I am really worried about her safety during delivery.
Thanks for your input.

Expert's Reply



There is no complete answer to your question about different methods of delivery and Apgar scores. However in your circumstances I would choose a caesar. A paediatrician will be present in the operating theatre to look after your baby from the moment of birth.

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Posted by: Lu | 2008/11/20

Hi, I had a c-section with my baby in Feb this year and she was just perfect, she was born 2.5 weeks earlier than expected and her Apgar was 9/10, she didn' t have wet lungs or any other problem at all.

Do what your heart tells you to.... Good luck!!

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Posted by: deb | 2008/11/18

hi, congrats!
both my kids were born naturally and both had excellent apgar scores. 9/10 10/10.
i also found that out of all my friends im the only one who had natural birth, all my friends had c-sections and their babies were all colic?
natural bith - baby prepares its self for the delivery and in c-section- its just taken out, no chance for baby to prepare itself.
just a thought.
Good lucj and may he/she bring you many years of joy

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Posted by: Jenn | 2008/11/17

Hi there. Congrats on the pregnancy. I felt the same as you and ended up having a c section because my doctor said that using forceps or vacuum was possible in my case. My baby was born in about 5 minutes and he was so calm when the blanket was wrapped around him. He scored 9/10 and 10/10 for apgar.

Good luck!!!

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