In the clip, we see pregnant mom Sarah Saunders on the operating table while a surgeon helps her son's head out of her belly—but then the doctor stops and lets the baby wiggle himself the rest of the way out!
"I wanted to share this video to show that if you are unable to give birth 'naturally' that having a natural Cesarean is the next best thing," Saunders wrote in the caption. "My Son delivers himself after the surgeon helps his head out."
Pretty cool, right? Here's how it works: Doctors make an incision in the womb, just like they would with any C-section. But then, like Saunders said, they stop after bringing the head out, and then let the baby do the rest of the work—which can sometimes take several minutes.
Women's health expert Jennifer Wider, MD told Self that there's an increasing demand for these procedures, possibly because of the mental benefits it provides for the mom. "Many women who have had Cesareans feel that they missed out on natural childbirth," she explains. "This type of birth can help assuage those feelings by creating a peaceful, calmer environment, letting the mom witness the birth and allowing her to hold the baby right away."
Sounds legit. But OB/GYN Michael Cackovic isn't totally down with the idea. Infection is always a concern with Cesareans, he told Self, and leaving a woman cut open for longer than medically necessary only increases the risk. Plus, not all babies will be able to work themselves out, he added. And those who do risk widening mom's incision, leading to possible tears and excess blood loss.
Hmmm. Unnecessary risk? Or an interesting option for women who are disappointed they need a Cesarean? Watch the video and let us know your thoughts!