You Need To Rethink Your Opinion On Having A ‘Natural’ C-section It May Be Better For Baby And Mom You Need To Rethink Your Opinion On Having A ‘Natural’ C-section It May Be Better For Baby And Mom
This technique, which mimics normal birth by allowing the baby to emerge slowly at its own pace, without being pulled straight out by a... You Need To Rethink Your Opinion On Having A ‘Natural’ C-section It May Be Better For Baby And Mom

This technique, which mimics normal birth by allowing the baby to emerge slowly at its own pace, without being pulled straight out by a doctor is increasingly advocated for by Childbirth experts

The approach, which is also known as a “gentle” C-section, involves mothers watching as their baby is born through a small surgical incision, without a sheet to stop them seeing the op. The child has to wriggle and force itself through the gap, as it would in an ordinary birth.

Doctors say women given slow caesareans bond better with their children, because they can hold them without having them whisked away to be cleaned up.

Dr Felicity Plaat, a consultant anaesthetist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, says the technique is safe, popular and associated with increased breastfeeding rates.One in four pregnant women in the UK give birth by caesarean section.

Dr Plaat, speaking at Euroanaesthesia Congress in Geneva, said normal C-sections reduce the mother’s role to that of a passive patient.

Mothers are often sedated or given a general anaesthetic and the operation itself can take as little as two minutes – with the cord cut immediately and the baby taken away and cleaned. A natural C-section, in which women are given minimal anaesthetic and watch the process, involves giving the baby more time to wriggle free.

When it emerges it is placed straight on the mother’s chest, with the cord still attached. Dr Plaat said: “In the UK at least, with the emphasis on normal birth, many women requiring C-sections have a feeling of inadequacy or even failure. The natural caesarean section appears to mitigate this, by increasing bonding opportunities between mother and baby.

“I believe natural caesarean makes the experience of birth much more satisfying for the increasing number of women who require a C-section.

“Denying women this in order to discourage them from considering this mode of delivery is in my personal opinion, completely unethical.”

Dr Plaat, who published a research paper about natural caesareans in 2008, said criticism of the technique was “immediate and initially hostile”.

Critics said the “natural” process would lead to more women asking for caesarean sections, even if they were not medically required, she said.

“Most women who have caesareans are advised to do so – there is a medical indication,” added Dr Plaat.

Dr Plaat, who is backed by the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said that in 2010 elements of the technique were available in at least 55 percent of units. Anecdotally “a lot more units” are now offering it, she said.

 

Source: IOL

Nkasiobi Chukwu

  • Carissa

    2017-06-06 #1 Author

    This is interesting to read. Wish I had known this when I was giving birth. I had to have an emergency C-section but everything was fine after the fact. Good read.

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    • Ciara Bailey

      2017-06-06 #2 Author

      Don’t think having natural C-section is safe the fact being cut with a knife shouldn’t be safe for the mom

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  • Angel

    2017-06-06 #3 Author

    Never knew that

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  • Amber

    2017-06-06 #4 Author

    In my opinion they should leave this decision up to mom unless it puts her and child at risk!

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  • Jeane simmons

    2017-06-07 #5 Author

    I had a emergency c section I would love to try this for ny second child if a c section is needed.. I would have liked to not have the sheet covering I would have liked to see.

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  • Diamond Jackson

    2017-06-08 #6 Author

    wow i had no idea this was even an option, i’ve had two c-sections🤔

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