Your Pregnancy - - Talking Point -

For moms, the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a gen­tle c-sec­tion are mostly psy­cho­log­i­cal (emo­tional), es­pe­cially if you had your heart set on a nat­u­ral birth. “If moms can see their ba­bies be­ing born and hold them as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter birth, that can go a long way to help­ing them come to terms with hav­ing to have a c-sec­tion birth,” says Sandy. Aaniyah Omar­dien, 36, was dev­as­tated when, af­ter be­ing in­duced and labour­ing for a few hours, she was told she would need to have a c-sec­tion. “I was de­stroyed,” she re­calls.

For­tu­nately, she’d made pro­vi­sion in her birth plan for a gen­tler c-sec­tion, which in­cluded hav­ing her mid­wife, Sandy there with her. She also asked that her baby be handed to her as soon as it was safe to do so. “Hav­ing my mid­wife there with me was a huge com­fort. She knew me, she knew what to say to calm me. And she knew my wishes in terms of skin to skin, so it re­ally helped soften the blow,” says Aaniyah. The psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits of hav­ing car­ing sup­port, be­ing treated gen­tly and know­ing that your wishes are be­ing fol­lowed should not be un­der­val­ued, adds Gayle. “A lot of moms are re­ally scared of birth, so be­ing given the birth she has re­quested and feel­ing calm and sup­ported re­ally helps her con­quer that fear. It can help her feel more con­fi­dent about be­ing a mother, which in turn lessens the risk of post­na­tal

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