Birth Choices

Birth Choices

Mum and baby bonding after deliveryAs you look forward to welcoming your new bundle of joy into your life, it is important to understand your birth options and learn how you can make your birth experience a memorable and beautiful one.

At Raffles, we strive to help you make the best choice for your delivery. Please discuss your options carefully with your gynaecologist during your checkups.

Trial of Vaginal Delivery

This may result in:

Unassisted normal vaginal delivery

where the baby will be delivered through the birth canal naturally without any assistance. This happens in the majority of cases.

Forceps / vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery

where a vaginal delivery is achieved with the assistance of an obstetric forceps or vacuum device. This happens in 10 to 20 per cent of cases.

Emergency Caesarean Section (EmCS)

where a caesarean section is performed if the risks to the mother and / or baby with continuation of the labour process are higher than a caesarean section. This may happen in 10 to 20 per cent of cases.

Pain relief during labour may be achieved via:


  • Gas and air (Entonox)
  • Intramuscular injections of pain relief medications
  • Regional anaesthesia (e.g. epidural analgesia)

Elective Caesarean Section (ElCS)

ElCS refers to a surgical procedure whereby a 12 - 15cm cut is made along the bikini line. An elective caesarean section indicates that a pre-planned decision was made during pregnancy and not in labour. This is usually done only for certain medical indications. Please discuss this with your obstetrician.

Make an Appointment

Make an appointment online or contact a women's clinic near you to consult a gynaecologist. To make an appointment, select "Specialist Appointment". Under Specialist Appointment Details, select "Obstetrics & Gynaecology".

Make an enquiry. We will get back to you within 2 working days. You can reach us at 6311 ​​1230.

Maternity Services: From Pregnancy to Delivery

Contact Raffles Women's Centre

Make an enquiry if you require more information.

Our staff will get back to you within 2 working days.