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Your child’s birth is a mag­i­cal mo­ment, so don’t let the idea of it also be­ing a sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure dis­suade you from mak­ing it spe­cial. Here’s how you can make it a lit­tle more per­sonal:

It’s pos­si­ble for you to breast­feed im­me­di­ately, or shortly af­ter, you’ve given birth. Ask your doctor to fa­cil­i­tate this as part of the post­op­er­a­tive rou­tine. You could re­quest that a birth pho­tog­ra­pher be present, or ask your birth part­ner to snap a pic­ture on their cell­phone as your baby is lifted from your belly. If pos­si­ble, you can re­quest low light­ing or even to play mu­sic dur­ing the surgery. Just check with the hospital and your doctor to en­sure this is okay. Ask your doctor to hold off on clamp­ing your baby’s um­bil­i­cal cord for the first few min­utes, so long as your baby is breath­ing well. This can have sub­stan­tial health ben­e­fits for both you and your baby.

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