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Are "a normal birth", "a vaginal birth" and "a natural birth" almost the same thing in terms of meaning, they are opposite of caesarian? Can I use these words interchangeably?

I found those words from a dictionary in Korean. But one of my friends said that "a normal birth" is only used in common. But I think those three words are the almost same and interchangeable. They all mean giving birth without any intervention like a surgery (caesarean). So I think "I had my son by a natural birth / vaginal birth / normal birth" all make sense. Is that right?

Thanks for your help in advance!!

  • It is only the difference between natural/vaginal/normal. If needed, a dictionary should define the difference. If not, tell us why. – user3169 Dec 1 '18 at 6:07
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    I think the differences are a little beyond what a dictionary might say. Regardless, @Young, you should provide your research to avoid more close votes (you got another--5 regular votes or 1 mod vote = close). What I meant the first time was, what did the dictionary entries (actually) say? What differences (or similarities) did you find and why wasn't that helpful? See Details, Please and the Contributor's Guide (Asking) for tips and examples. – Em. Dec 1 '18 at 6:50
  • Thanks @user3169 for your answer. I google them again. And I find my question was wrong. I wondered if they are all common words and interchangeable.. – Young Dec 1 '18 at 7:17
  • I appreciate @Em telling me about votes. I didn't know about it. I mean, if my question is not proper I would got minus votes and my question would be closed. Thanks for your advice again. I think I'm still clumsy at making proper question here. I should read the above link about the guide again. – Young Dec 1 '18 at 7:23
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I would say they are technically the same although...

normal / natural birth

...could imply that a caesarian might not be normal or natural. Therefore if you were being extra careful to not offend, then you might try vaginal birth.

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    I'm under the impression that normal birth and natural birth do not have universally agreed upon meanings and that they can be different (not interchangeable). However, that's way beyond my knowledge. I do have a couple of links that could be of interest: normal birth, natural birth. – Em. Dec 1 '18 at 7:44
  • Thank @Jonathan Race so much for your answer. A "normal birth" or "natural birth" can offend. I haven't thought that way. I should be careful with these words and I would say "vaginal birth" if I have to say about it. Thanks so much again. – Young Dec 1 '18 at 7:56
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    Just to clarify. I'm not saying that if you say "normal / natural" it will definitely offend. A lot of people won't care but... some might be sensitive so if you want to take the extra step to avoid any embarrassing situations then it's something to consider :) – Jonathan Race Dec 1 '18 at 8:52
  • I’d like to add that I think the best term to use might well depend on how the conversation had been progressing. This type of information isn’t typically volunteered and announced out of the blue. – J.R. Dec 3 '18 at 11:20
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It really depends on the culture. In the USA, a 'normal' birth would be one performed by a doctor in a hospital setting regardless of if it's vaginal or cesarean, a 'vaginal' birth would be any birth that wasn't a cesarean birth, and a 'natural' birth would be a vaginal birth conducted by a midwife in a home, sometimes accompanied by standing and/or water.

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