SMC Birth Place Performs 1st Gentle C-Section

(PUEBLO, COLO.) The Birth Place at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center announced today that it has expanded its delivery options to include gentle cesarean procedures for women delivering their baby via C-section. This innovative new advancement allows mothers to feel more involved in the birth and to have immediate, skin-to-skin contact with their child, similar to vaginal births.

Simple modifications in C-section procedure methods allow for a much more intimate birthing experience. For example, experts aim to place IVs in the mothers non-dominant hand so she can hold her baby, and EKG leads are not placed on the chest, but elsewhere to allow the baby to lie on the mothers chest. Further, gentle C-section deliveries allow mothers to view the babys birth through a clear, plastic drape. Then, with physician approval and as long as the child is in stable condition, the baby is immediately given to the mother to allow skin-to-skin contact and bonding for several minutes after birth.

"These small but significant changes to the standard cesarean section are giving moms an opportunity to view the birth through a clear plastic drape and immediate skin-to-skin contact with the baby which feels more like a natural delivery than major surgery, said Paulette Mapes, RN, MSN, clinical manager, The Birth Place. Were proud to be a leader in the Pueblo community and to offer this innovative solution that provides for a more immediate bonding experience for mom and baby.

Often, mothers who have had C-sections report less satisfaction in their birthing experience due to feelings of powerlessness and emotional disconnection during delivery. In some cases, mothers who deliver via C-section dont see their babies until much later after they arrive in the recovery room, or they are allowed to see their newborn briefly after delivery but dont remember due to sedation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than one million C-section procedures performed in the U.S. each year.Many experts say that when a mother holds her child directly after birth, chances for postpartum depression decrease and the experience leads to an improved bond between mother and child, helps to regulate the babys body temperature and heart rate, and fosters successful breastfeeding.

Expectant mothers interested in a gentle C-section should speak with their physician to discuss options and learn if the procedure is right for them. For more information on The Birth Place and its offerings visit www.stmarycorwin.org.

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