A new Cesarean section being offered at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is giving moms the chance to be more involved in their baby’s birth.
“Gentle C-sections” have long been performed in Europe, said Carla Morrow, a certified nurse midwife at THC.
“Of course, we didn’t invent this, but we were the first in the area to offer them,” she said.
Gentle C-sections allow a baby’s mother to see the child the moment he or she is born. The mother is propped up and the sheet covering the incision area is lowered so there is an instant moment of bonding, Morrow said. The baby is placed on the mother’s chest for immediate skin-to-skin contact. Nurses clean the baby while he or she is on the mother’s chest, and she is even able to hold her child while being sewn up from the procedure.
“With regular C-sections, they hear the baby, not see it,” Morrow said. “[Nurses] take it over to a warmer while the surgeon is sewing up the mother. Definitely, with general C-sections, there is more postpartum depression, more problems with bonding and with breast-feeding.”
About two dozen gentle C-sections have been performed at THC over the last year. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth also offers the gentle C-sections.
“I had a regular C-section with my previous daughter,” 30-year-old mother Tacoya Richard said. “This was totally better for me; I liked it a lot more.”
Richard said her first birth experience was not nearly as pleasant because it was an emergency C-section.
“You didn’t get to hold your baby or see your baby,” she said. “They just whisked her off and took her away. I remember they took her to the nursery and I didn’t even know what she looked like.”