Witnessing the birth of your baby. Holding and bonding with her right after giving birth. These are all moments you may be dreaming about but may have thought you would not be able to experience because you are having a c-section.
The great news is that these extraordinary experiences are possible. CarePoint’s Hoboken University Medical Center now offers women who are having a c-section for medical reasons the choice of having a gentle or family-centered c-section.
What is a gentle c-section?
A gentle c-section is a change in attitude toward c-sections, where the care team (the obstetrician, anesthesiologist and nurses) make the c-section experience in the operating room as similar as possible to the labor and delivery room.
In a typical c-section, a closed curtain shields the sterile operating field. Mothers don’t see the procedure. After giving birth, moms may see their newborn briefly before the baby is taken away for pediatric care. The operation is then completed and mom is taken to the recovery room.
During a gentle c-section the sterile drape is dropped after the incision is made so that the family is able to watch the baby being delivered. Once the umbilical cord is cut, the pediatric team warms, rubs and stimulates the newborn while the baby is on the mother’s chest—sometimes the baby is even able to start breastfeeding right away.
What are the benefits of having a gentle c-section?
Being able to view your baby’s birth allows you to feel like you’re participating in the process. Research shows that immediate skin-to-skin contact helps regulate the baby’s body temperature and heart rate and facilitates bonding and successful breastfeeding. It is also an incredibly powerful experience for a new mom to be able to hold and comfort her baby right after birth.
Why aren’t all c-sections gentle?
As with any surgery, sometimes there are complications that can arise during surgery or after surgery.
Your body. Your baby. Your way.
If you are having a c-section, we want to offer you a choice. You may not feel comfortable with a gentle c-section or you may think that this more family-centered choice is right for you. We want to encourage you to review all your choices with your obstetrician.
Our Pampered Pregnancy Program also offers you choices
We are pleased to be able to offer the Pampered Pregnancy Program to our expectant parents right here in New Jersey. This program has been thoughtfully tailored to provide a family-centered, personal birth experience for each and every one of our patients. Learn more about the individual care and attention we can provide to you so that you can relax and focus on what is most important—the birth of your baby. Call us at 201.821.8819.