These are the Most Common Ways to Give Birth


When it comes to giving birth, there are many options. Whether you choose a hospital birth, a home birth, or something in between, it’s important to know what your choices are.

You need to make an informed decision about how you want your labor and delivery experience to go. And you need to plan this well in advance, so you and everyone around you is prepared. 

So let’s take a look at some of the most common ways to give birth.

Hospital Births

Hospital birth is by far the most popular option for women in the United States. Over 95% of women choose this route when they deliver their babies. 

The benefits of having a hospital birth include access to medical staff who will be able to provide assistance if necessary, as well as access to pain relief options such as epidurals and medication. 

Additionally, should any complications arise during labor and delivery, additional medical care is readily available.

Midwife-Assisted Home Births

For those who wish for a more natural birthing experience, midwife-assisted home births offer an alternative to traditional hospital births. Home births with a midwife allow for greater control over the environment and can provide more personalized care than what is available in a hospital setting. 

During home births with midwives, women may have access to more natural pain relief methods such as water therapy and massage, as well as other comfort measures such as music and aromatherapy. 

Depending on location and laws governing home birthing practices, women may even be able to choose whether or not they want medical personnel present during the delivery.

Birthing Centers

Birthing centers are another option for those who would like a more natural birthing experience but do not feel comfortable delivering at home. Birthing centers provide an environment that is similar to a home setting but also has access to additional medical personnel if necessary. 

As with home births, birthing centers often offer additional comfort measures such as water therapy and massage in addition to providing pain relief medications should they become necessary during labor and delivery. 

Women who choose this option typically feel that they have greater control over their environment while still having access to medical help should they need it.

Natural Birth 

Natural birth (or vaginal birth) is one of the most popular methods of giving birth. A natural birth involves no medical interventions or medications and allows a mother to experience labor and delivery without medication or medical assistance. 

This type of delivery typically results in shorter labor times and faster recovery times for both mom and baby. Natural births are usually done in a hospital setting but can also happen at home or in a birthing center with the help of a doula or a midwife.  


A Cesarean section (often referred to as a c-section) is when doctors surgically remove an infant from its mother’s uterus through an incision made in her abdomen and uterus. 

A c-section is often recommended if there are any complications with the pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, placenta previa, or if the baby is not properly positioned for delivery. 

In some cases, it may also be recommended if the mother has previously had one or more c-sections, as vaginal births after cesareans (VBACs) could be dangerous for both mom and baby. 

C-sections can also sometimes be planned ahead of time if desired by either mom or doctor due to personal preferences or other health considerations.

Water Birth

Water births are becoming increasingly popular among expectant mothers who want an alternative way to deliver their babies while still being able to maintain control over their birthing experience. 

During water births, moms typically labor in water before delivering their babies in it too—allowing them to remain comfortable and relaxed during labor without any pain medications or medical interventions. 

If you decide that a water birth is right for you, make sure your doctor knows so they can make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand during your delivery! 

Choose What’s Right for You

No matter which birthing option you choose, it’s important that you understand all of your options before making your decision. There’s no right or wrong answer, but there’s the best option for you, which may be different from other mothers you know.

Doing some research ahead of time will ensure that no matter which path you choose for giving birth, it will meet both your needs and expectations!

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