Vaginal Birth Complications

Learn how your age, health condition, pregnancy, medical history and more could impact potential Vaginal Birth complications.

Vaginal Birth Risk Factors

Alternate Names for Vaginal Birth:
Childbirth, vaginal
Labor and delivery
Vaginal birth, labor and delivery

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:

  • 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 the baby's head)
  • Large baby or a baby in the wrong position inside the womb

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before giving birth.


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