What’s a family centered c-section anyways?
Have you been told that you may need a c-section? Perhaps you are planning a repeat c-section for your upcoming birth.
Depending on your unique needs, you may have the option of a family centered c-section.
The Traditional C-Section
In a traditional c-section, the mother is given medicine to numb her from the chest down, lays down on the operating table, a drape gets put up and shortly after the parents hear the cry of the baby. Sometimes mom gets a short glimpse of the baby, and other times she’s not able to see her baby until surgery is finished and she’s in recovery which can be up to 45 minutes later.
A family centred c-section starts out the same way a traditional one would. Where it changes is when the baby is about to be born.
When it’s time for delivery, the drape will be lowered so you will actually be able to witness the FULL delivery of your precious baby. Don’t worry, you won’t actually see anything scary. You will only see the baby being delivered and let me tell you. It’s just as magical as it is in a vaginal delivery. It’s actually breath taking to see.
In a traditional c-section, the baby comes out quite quickly and in a family centred c-section, once baby’s head is delivered, the rest of the body is taken out slowly to mimic the compression a baby would get in a vaginal delivery to squeeze out as much fluid in the lungs as possible.
In a traditional c-section, the umbilical cord gets cut by the surgeon where as in a vaginal delivery, often the support partner gets to cut the cord.
In a family centred c-section, the umbilical cord still gets cut by the surgeon but they will leave it longer so the support partner can have the option to trim the cord.
In a traditional c-section, after the APGAR’s are done, the baby is diapered and wrapped up like a little burrito and given to the support partner to hold or taken to recovery with the support partner to have the newborn procedures done.
In a family centred c-section, you have the option of having skin to skin, provided all is well with you and the baby.