The 1 Thing Moms Should Demand After a C-Section

newborn baby motherOne of the new buzz terms heard more when it comes to birth is "gentle c-section." Which is fantastic because with c-sections on the rise, we should all want women to have the most gentle one possible. Of course it would be better if cesareans were on the decline. With this gentle c-section, moms do skin-to-skin contact with baby right after birth. Seems like a no-brainer. Why wouldn't mama put baby to chest right after giving birth? Particularly after a c-section. But doctors seem to have forgotten the human element in birth and rely too heavily on the technology.

Skin-to-skin doesn't happen as much as it should. In fact, for the first time in America, a gentle cesarean was performed in May of 2013 where a healthy triplet birth resulted in mom placing her babies on her chest right after birth -- skin-to-skin. First time? What took so long?

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This triplet birth at Cape Coral Hospital in Florida was a healthy one, a c-section, but babies and mama are doing well. Each baby was placed on mama's chest after being delivered and the babies stayed there while surgery was being completed. Sounds like the perfect way to keep mama calm, babies calm, and make the birth experience a memorable one, in the best way possible considering it was surgery. The mother exclusively breastfed and continued to nurse her triplets after they were all released from the hospital. So fantastic! I breastfed twins, but triplets! Great job, mama! This is what they are calling the gentle cesarean -- putting more human elements into this major medical procedure. Skin-to-skin contact (also called kangaroo care) has so many benefits for baby and mama. In this case, babies. And particularly for premature babies who sometimes need a little extra to thrive. It's something I did with my newborns as well.

The concept is simple: No clothes, no blankets -- mama's skin against baby's skin while baby is lying on your chest. This is also a great thing for dads to do. Skin-to-skin's benefits include stabilizing baby's temperature, heart rate, and breathing. It keeps baby's blood sugar more elevated, is shown to prevent allergies, reduce the need for preemie babies needing to be on oxygen, and helps with breastfeeding. A baby is in our womb for up to 10 months -- she's used to that warmth, that protection. It makes sense that once born, being closest to mother, skin-to-skin, would help baby thrive, have less stress, and be less likely to cry.

This is what all women who have a c-section should demand after their baby is delivered. Skin-to-skin. Gentleness. We all deserve more of this, particularly during birth and the moments after.

What do you think of skin-to-skin? Did you do it and did you notice the benefits?


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worki... workingmama86

I did kangaroo care with my oldest. He was 3 months early. I didn't get to hold him for the first time though until he was a few days old.

I didn't get to hold my other two right after birth either.. they were c-sections as well. I had to wait until the doctors cleaned them up and finished my surgery. 

Frost... FrostyMelted

This advice this woman provides really demonstrates a profound lack of knowledge. 

nonmember avatar Kristi

I had c-sections with all 3 of mine and did not have the skin to skin right away. I am glad they took my babies and suctioned them first. I have heard stories of breathing problems with section babies-better safe than sorry. I got all the skin to skin contact as soon as I was put back together and given the nice toasty blankets.

B1Bomber B1Bomber

My husband got to hold both our boys before I did, but considering the gaping wound that was my stomach, I'm okay with that.

Oh, and after the first (emergency) csection, I was in kidney failure. After the second, the baby wasn't breathing. Not at the top of my list either time? Anything other than everyone surviving.

shann... shannipoo714

I wanted to hold my babies right after my c-sections, but I only got to see them briefly, and then my husband got to carry them to the nursery and stay with them.  But after so many drugs in the OR, I didn't have any sense of time, and I panicked both times, thinking it was much longer than it really was before I got to hold my babies.  Immediate skin to skin would have helped me!

dswope25 dswope25

I had c section twice and the first one they brought him to me after they cleaned him out and let me hold his hand and then daddy went with him as they finished me up. I didnt get to see him for a while as I was taken in a open room after they closed me up cause they needed to find me a room and I wasnt aloud to hold him when I got my room until the meds wore off somewhat. That was Minnesota Minneapolis. Now with my second c section they still took him right after words and i had to be stitched up but right after I was stitched up I was able to hold him and was in the same room the whole time expect for the surgery. But way better birth in maryland then Minnesota.

Sjb646 Sjb646

I have had three c sections.  First was an emergency section and I was in the icu for a week so I am happy that we are doing well at home.  The second was a failed vbac.  My boy was 10 lb 4 oz with ahead circumference in the 117th percentile.  I am 5'3" and was 150 lbs.  my third was a section after 6 weeks of hospital bed rest and she was born 7 weeks early.  While I love the idea of skin to skin not as many c sections are as controlled or planned as you make it our to be and many mother nurture their children just fine after the birth.  I also nursed each one of them for 12 months or more so please don't make a seriouse situation so light hearted or make the ones having the surgery feel worse because they didn't have skin to skin. 

miche... micheledo

I have read that some hospitals may be unwilling to give baby to mom, or they may be unable to because of complications - however as long as baby is doing fine, dad can do the skin to skin immediately!

It's great to see changes being made that are beneficial to mom and baby!

Arlin... ArlingtonSarah

My last daughter was born via emergency c - section. I couldn't move my arms let alone hold her. I couldn't safely hold her until the anesthesia wore off the next day. I was still able to bond with her as well as my first three daughters.

Frances Hérbert

I had a c-section in 2012 and they did skin to skin contact while they were sewing me up, they only cleaned him up real quick and did the assesment and then he was with me for the next day. 

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