During a typical C-section, the baby is whisked away to get cleaned up, measured and weighed. Dad can follow and hold the baby but mom often must settle for a quick glimpse and kiss. Another 30 minutes or many may pass before she gets to bond with the newborn. Often it is not until she is transferred to the recovery room. Medical centers across the country however are improving the birth experiences for Mothers who undergo planned C-sections.
Efforts at making C-sections more “natural” or “personalized” have gained widespread acceptance in recent years as hospitals work to make the entire delivery process one that embraces the whole family. Studies have found that immediate skin on skin contact with mom is good for bonding, which has spurred a movement to ensure that moms see their babies right away. As the family bonds at one end of the operating bed, a doctor, nurse and medical technician work to close the incision that was cut to deliver the baby.
Part of this new transition to the new method involves convincing the deliver team – Nurses, Doctors, Anesthesiologists, and Medical Technicians – of the benefits. Some are resistant to changing practices that have been in place for years because of concerns about maintaining a sterile environment. “Doctors are getting more comfortable that this isn’t something strange, negative or weird, but a slight alteration in the surgical practice while still maintaining a safe environment.” Said Jeff Livingston, a Texas Doctor who has employed the method for more than four years now.
This Family-Centered approach is a great idea for women who delivered their first babies vaginally and are wondering how a C-section will go. This approach is gaining traction at hospitals, Mother and Baby are joined as soon as possible, as long as there are no health risks.
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