If you are having a planned Caesarean Birth, you have quite possibly some time and options to make the experience your own. Do you know your options? Do you know what others have done?
This post is about some personal experiences. Maybe, there are some ideas in it that you'd like?
One of my colleagues Sophie Messager has posted a video (link to the graphic video) of a gentle Caesarean birth. The Birth took place at Nottingham City hospital end of July 2016. Sophie wrote along the video:
A friend had the most gorgeous gentle cesarean yesterday-it was quite a journey because her local hospital refused to entertain any of her wishes, so she had to move to another hospital where she found the most supportive consultant (Dr Andy Simm at Nottingham City hospital), who not only agreed to support all her wishes but filmed the birth to use it to educate other health pros. I especially loved watching the baby walking himself out of the womb. The mum also told me that they waited until the cord had finished pulsating before clamping it. For me this really shows how it isn't how the baby is born but how the people present respect wishes and demonstrate support and kindness that makes a beautiful birth. The mother has kindly agreed for me to share the video so other women can have such a beautiful experience too.
The official hospital film should be released in a week or 2.
These were the mother's wishes:
* no drapes
* walking out of the baby to help clear lungs
* delivery to chest if cord allowed
* cord left to stop pulsing before cutting
* no weighing or measuring until family ready
* baby to stay on mum until she was ready to part (it was 6 hours). Even when pat sliding to transfer.
* own music
* lights reduced
On top of that, the anaesthetist lifted the mother's shoulders and someone held a mirror to help view the birth.
If you want to read more about the technique, see here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2613254/ '
Another video about a 'Natural Caesarean Birth' also calles this option a more 'women-centred' approach. This video was published by the 'Jentle Birth Foundation'. You can see the video at the bottom of this post.
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Of course there are a lot of other Caesarean Birth stories out there. If you had your own, personalized Caesarean Birth experience, why not contact me and share it?
So, what do you think about gentle Caesarean Birth? Would it be for you?