AND FOR BABY?

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Aside from the ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with be­ing born more calmly, there are the proven ben­e­fits of de­layed cord clamp­ing and be­ing placed on mom’s chest (skin to skin), which sta­bilises baby faster be­cause

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Get­ting a gen­tle c-sec­tion is be­com­ing as easy as say­ing you want one. “Most of the hos­pi­tals to­day are baby-friendly and will do it,” says Gayle. “There are, of course, hos­pi­tals that still need a lot of work in terms of mak­ing it a gen­tle c-sec­tion, but more and more hos­pi­tals are prid­ing them­selves on it – some are even call­ing it a ‘nat­u­ral cae­sar’.” So what steps do you need to fol­low if you have de­cided that a gen­tle c-sec­tion is the best op­tion for you? Gayle rec­om­mends mak­ing your in­ten­tions very clear in a birth wish list, with a gen­tle c-sec­tion as your plan A, or plan B if you in­tend to try for nat­u­ral birth. Re­mem­ber to keep it short and to the point: “Don’t come with a four page let­ter. I’d sug­gest com­ing up with around five key points. Keep it clear and con­cise and you’ll prob­a­bly get what you want.”

The most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber, stresses Sandy, is to be rea­son­able and re­al­is­tic about your ex­pec­ta­tions. “Peo­ple can get quite adamant that things need to be done a cer­tain way, which puts a lot of un­nec­es­sary pres­sure on ev­ery­one. Women need to re­mem­ber that if they are hav­ing a cae­sarean sec­tion, they are hav­ing ma­jor ab­dom­i­nal surgery.” This means there are cer­tain things that are not al­ways pos­si­ble, she adds, like breast­feed­ing straight away, be­cause you’ll be feel­ing shaky or nau­seous from the anaes­thetic and there may not be enough space on your chest.

There are also theatre rules to con­sider, like keep­ing the room ster­ile. “The one thing they were quite strict on was mak­ing sure that the cut was safe from bac­te­ria,” says Alan about his son’s gen­tle c-sec­tion birth, “so there was a line and noth­ing could come past that line.” Sandy says you need to re­mem­ber that a gen­tle c-sec­tion is far more suited to elec­tive or planned pro­ce­dures, rather than emer­gency oper­a­tions where time is of­ten of the essence. Here, you have to trust your doc­tor. Although a gen­tle c-sec­tion is prefer­able in non-emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, you should never lose sight of the fact that it is ul­ti­mately a life sav­ing in­ter­ven­tion for both you and baby. Keep in mind that baby’s safety comes first.

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