The Natural C-section (video)

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Thought this was pretty awesome for moms that need a c-section. I'm wondering why it's not done in the U.S. and why they feel the need to always separate mom and baby. Of course, they do that for vaginal births too and there's just no reason for it. (Warning: video has some surgery scenes!). Thoughts on this? Why isn't it more widely practiced (when there are no complications of course)?

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Ez - posted on 03/12/2011

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Sara, the reason they don't suction these c-section babies is because they 'walk' the baby out of the incision (meaning they remove the baby slowly, allowing the uterus to squeeze down) rather than just yanking them straight out. It adds a minute or two to their procedure time, but gives the baby more chance of remaining with it's mother straight after.

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When they were threatening me with the very real possibilty of needing a c-section with Ethan I spoke to the midwives and it was suggested that if I was unable to give my baby skin to skin daddy should - so I told my hubby that if I had to have one he had to give the baby skin to skin, and then explained how to do it because it was important, he whole-heartedly agreed to do it.

Sara in the UK 6 out of 10 mums who want a VBAC have a successful one, without any additional support, so with the support you have you are likely to have a very successful one - you WILL get that VBAC :-)

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Interesting...

If it turns out that I need a repeat section (which is not going to happen! I'm determined) I'll be sure to ask about that. Thank you.

Ez - posted on 03/12/2011

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I think it's wonderful that these care givers are so focused on the experience of the mother and baby. As the OB said, the change is not so much in procedure and technique but in their mindset. If a woman has a c-section in a non-emergent situation, she should have access to all the things covered in this video. My daughter was a forceps baby, and she was placed on my chest immediately and left there for the 45mins it took them to repair my 3rd degree tear. She had her first feed during that time. I can't imagine allowing someone to take her away for 'tests' so soon, and honestly can't believe so many women put up with that treatment.

Merry - posted on 03/12/2011

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Sara, my friend Lacey just had a vbac a month ago! She was pretty scared, but her doctor told her your more likely to get struck by lightning then to have a scar rupture. She did great, no complications at all. And her dr kept saying she didn't have a big enough pelvis.....but her son was 7.6 lbs and he came out just fine!
She said it was such a beautiful experience, she was so proud of herself when I saw her the next day.
She said it felt so natural and powerful to deliver vaginally.

About the video, it's so cool cuz when I was worrying that Fierna was breech I was thinking alot about c sections. And I had a plan made up already which was exactly like this video! I wanted to see her coming out, I wanted delayed cord clamping, I wanted immediate skin to skin, and not to have her taken anywhere after birth until the first feeding.
Which is pretty much exactly what the video did.
I figure, a breech full term baby has no more reason to be treated as a sick baby then a vaginal baby so no way I'd let them do all the proceedure stuff for such a long time before I got to hold her.
I loved how the baby didn't cry much in the video, I think babies generally are made to cry way more then they need to, it's not a reflex, they actually feel bad when they cry!
Awesome video

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Thank you Toni! From what I understand, most women are able to successfully have a VBAC. My doctor is fully confident, as is his partner in his practice. It's just not a popular option. In 2009, only 300-something women in my state had VBACs.

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The only reason I didn't get to hold my daughter right away was because I was knocked out completely. She never left the room though. I held her once I was awake enough; which was about 10-15 minutes later. If I had been awake I would have gotten to be with her right away.

I guess my area is really different than the rest of the US when it comes to child birth. What so many women complain about I never had a problem with.

Charlie - posted on 03/10/2011

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They don't seperate baby from mother in Australia unless it is an emergancy my last hospital also practices delayed clamping and encouraged not only skin to skin with me as the mother but with Jamie as the father with his shirt off , watching that makes me wonder why anyone would *elect* to get a C section .

I think reguardless of how you have the baby vaginal or C section it should be treated just like the hospital in this video and the hospitals in Australia I have experianced provided there are no complications .

Dana - posted on 03/10/2011

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Yikes, I tried watching it but, being someone who will have to have a repeat C-section, I couldn't hang. Maybe I'll try again and look away when they show the actual incision.

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Thank you Sara! I like reading about successful VBACs, especially since I don't know anyone that's had one.

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I've been thinking this over. I'm not going to watch the video...not this close to attempting my VBAC anyway. I'm keeping my thoughts positive and not even considering a repeat section! =)



Anyway, I honestly understand why they take the baby away. Without coming through the vagina, the fluid is not suctioned out naturally. So at least that needs to be done. However, I would expect that as soon as that's done, it would be okay to unite mom and baby if neither's health is at risk. With my c-section for breech baby, they "cleaned" my daughter for 2 hours. Necessary???? I think not. Thankfully this did not harm our breastfeeding relationship.

Minnie - posted on 03/10/2011

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I'm just guessing that if the baby is born by c-section they will want to wisk it away to do testing. I mean in the cases where c-sections are necessary. Not the 'oh, your baby is macrosomic' surgeries.

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I was reading about this in the NCT magazine today, I thought it was a great idea if you have to have a c-section and like the doctor said it doesn't really make more work for them just a couple of minutes longer. After reading (and now seeing it) I would cetainly be requesting my c-section to go like this if I do end up needing one (hopefully not).

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Yeah, I agree that surgery is never natural, but it would be nice if they could try to make it as mom and baby friendly as possible. I could see medical professionals thinking it's a hassle, but how hard is it to just lay the baby on mom and leave it there?

Minnie - posted on 03/10/2011

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Perhaps it's because a gentle ceserean (I prefer it to 'natural'- as someone on another board mentioned) is more of a hassle for busy doctors and nurses?

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