Amanda Garcia hoped her baby would come into the world peacefully. Knowing she was scheduled for a C-section, she had her doubts.
“There was anxiety for that whole process and that whole sterile field and being in this big white room with bright lights and all these people around you, makes you a little nervous,” says new mom Amanda Garcia.
But Rylee was delivered through a new method - the gentle C-section. The baby is placed directly on the mother’s chest right after birth. The surgical team completes the operation in silence.
“It creates such a calming environment, you feel like you’re the only person in the room when it happens,” says Garcia.
“We have really worked in the last year to make sure that women that have had a cesarean birth also feel like they’ve had a baby. A lot of times the baby was taken out and gone to another place before the mom got to hold the baby or see the baby,” says Nancy Travis, director of labor and delivery at Cape Coral Hospital.
The procedure’s taken off since it was introduced at Cape Coral Hospital last year. Mom Melissa Murray had the first gentle cesarean.
“They cut his umbilical cord and handed him to the nurse and then she handed him and put him right on my chest,” says Melissa Murray, first to have gentle C-section.
Approximating a natural setting requires adjustments in the operating room. There is a sterile surgical field to maintain and more work to be done once the baby’s born.
“We have to adapt the operating room a little bit, where drapes are moved, they move electrodes down, mom has a cardiac monitor on. And we put things in different places so mom has assess to her baby,” says Travis.
The end justifies the means. Giving mothers something they can hold on to for a lifetime.
“You can feel that warmth, you get that immediate eye contact with that child. It is a complete bonding experience,” says Garcia.
“We’ve actually had babies start breast feeding on the delivery table while their operation is still going on with mom which is amazing,” says Travis.
Like the most natural thing in the world.
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