Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

What is a vaginal delivery?

A vaginal delivery is a human’s natural delivery method for giving birth. It usually occurs without surgical intervention. During a vaginal delivery, your baby will enter the vaginal or birth canal before entering the world for the first time. This provides the baby with protective bacteria to initiate their immune system. Passing through the birth canal also allows mucus and amniotic fluid to be cleared from the baby’s airway in preparation for their first breath. Another benefit of having a vaginal delivery includes less recovery times for the mother leading to less time in the hospital.

Birth is a deeply personal experience. Discuss the delivery option with your doctor or midwife to decide which is best for you and your baby. 

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