Dr Komalas Women Clinic - Normal Delivery


Normal delivery is generally referred to as the process of childbirth through the vagina. It is also called vaginal delivery or vaginal birth. As every woman is different, she may experience a different kind of labor pain, and its intensity also varies. People often use the expressions normal delivery and natural delivery interchangeably. Unless there is a medical emergency, women around the world prefer normal vaginal delivery that brings comparatively lower risks and complications than those seen in assisted deliveries. 

Overview of Normal Deliveries

Normal delivery is a natural process that brings a baby out from the birth canal into the world. Such deliveries follow three stages. They are early labor, the active labor stage, the stage of a baby’s birth, and the placenta delivery stage.

What are Normal Deliveries?

Normal delivery is the natural process of bringing a baby into this world as a completely new individual. It is not a difficult process of childbirth unless the mother is suspected of having medical problems or other complications. Babies delivered through normal vaginal delivery are comparatively healthier than babies born through other delivery methods. Additionally, women having normal deliveries recover faster. In a normal delivery, sometimes mothers do not even require painkillers and epidurals.

The Stages of Normal Deliveries

Normal delivery is divided into three stages

Stage 1: Early labor and active labor

Stage 2: Birth of the baby

Stage 3: Delivery of placenta

The Signs and Symptoms of Normal Delivery

The signs and symptoms of a normal delivery vary from one pregnant woman to another. The symptoms may start to appear a few weeks before the due date. 

Early Symptoms

Advanced symptoms

Why is Normal Delivery Preferred?

The human female body is designed to deliver babies naturally. A healthy female body can easily deliver a baby naturally without assisted delivery methods and may not even require painkillers and epidurals.  

 The use of painkillers and epidurals slow down uterine contractions, which eventually increases the duration of labor. In such cases, doctors need to give uterine stimulants or opt for assisted delivery methods such as forceps delivery or the vacuum delivery method. 

The normal delivery method is healthier for both the mother and the baby. Normal deliveries do not require long hours in the labor ward. Babies delivered through the normal vaginal route receive bacteria that help them build immunity and fight infections from the birth canal. Hence, natural delivery is preferred over assisted methods or C- section. Babies delivered normally adapt well to breastfeeding, and it reduces the hospital stay for the mother and the baby. 

When to See a Doctor?

It is advisable for pregnant women to visit their doctor for regular follow-ups. However, if they feel that their water bag or the membrane has ruptured, they should immediately get admitted to the nearest hospital. The water leakage and the contraction pain lasting for a few seconds but occurring at regular intervals are signs that you are in labor. The other obvious signs of labor are: 

  • Regular and constrained uterine contractions
  • Rupture of the membrane 
  • Blood discharge from the vagina 
  • Complete dilation of the cervix

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If you notice these signs, it is an indication that you are in labor. Get admitted to Dr Komalas Women Clinic. If you do not have these signs, it possibly is a false alarm. In such cases, women are kept under observation for a few hours. If labor pain does not start, they are discharged.

Benefits of Normal Deliveries

Risks and Complications Associated with Normal Deliveries

The complications increase with the following risk factors:


For a pregnant woman, the important thing to pay attention to is her own and her baby’s health. Discuss your labor and delivery methods with your doctor before you welcome your baby into this world.

When you start experiencing continuous contractions at regular intervals and your water bag ruptures, it is time to get admitted to the hospital.

Normal delivery is comparatively less painful than a C-section. The pain ends with the birth of your child. However, in a C-section delivery, the pain continues for days. 

You can opt for massage therapy or have a water bath to relieve your pain.

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