BENEFITS FOR MOM
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