Would You Opt for a "Family-Centered" C-Section?
Given I was set to deliver multiples, with both babies in breech position pretty much all along, I always knew I was a candidate for a C-section. This route didn't concern me—in fact, it even seemed like the less-scary of the scary exit strategies for delivering babies—and I was very much at peace with it.
To this day, at seven months postpartum, I have no regrets about the way my children came into the world: It was simply how our story went. (Beyond that, I was glad to be in the cocoon of a high-powered hospital environment when I suffered a delivery complication.)
However, I know many women don't feel the same. Some resist the prospect of a C-section, or lament having one, feeling that missing out on vaginal labor makes the experience less pure or natural.
Addressing that issue is a new birthing trend in which some hospitals are offering C-sections meant to come closer to a more intimate, natural experience.
In the so-called "family-centered cesarean," moms can choose to see their babies being born, instead of separating the mother from the procedure with a curtain. Beyond that, they can have their newborns placed on their chests right away for skin-to-skin contact and bonding.
Related: Your Be-Prepared Guide to C-Sections
The trend is taking hold in the U.K., but it's newer here in the U.S. This type of procedure does require little tweaks, like bringing the neonatal team into the operating room, and moving the EKG monitors from the mom's chest down by her side to accommodate the placement of the baby right after birth.
But these small C-section changes can lead to a procedure that makes all the difference for some mothers.
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