It goes without saying that natural birth is the best if it is possible. But in some medical conditions, vaginal delivery may not be possible. In such cases, instead of panicking, what you should do is to make the best of the situation so that things turnout easy for you and your baby. Having a gentle cesarean birth plan devised beforehand can help you deal with the situation.
Let’s start with what moms and their babies usually miss due to a cesarean delivery.
Bonding due to skin to skin contact Skin to skin contact of the mom and baby is very important in the moments after birth. But we often hear that after cesarean, the baby was moved to NICU due to slight breathing issues or something else. If you look at the comments in www.naturalbirthandbabycare.com, you can see mothers who believe that the breathing of their baby would have turned normal if the baby was kept near them even just for a minute. Skin to skin contact between a mother and her child helps in the regulation of baby's temperature, his/her pattern of breathing and of course, the hormone levels of the mother.
Gut bacteria and microbiome Research shows that a lot of good bacteria are transferred to the baby from the mother soon after the birth through the birth canal, instant skin to skin contact and breastfeeding. All these are very vital for the proper culturing of baby’s microbiome and gut bacteria. Proper development of microbiome is essential for the baby's long term health. According to a movie called Micro birth, the variety of gut bacteria in a c-section baby is 1/3 lesser than that of a baby born in a perfectly natural way.
The movie also gives some unusual advice regarding methods to expose a baby to the gut bacteria of his/ her mother. Research in this field is at its beginning stage. Once research develops, there are high chances that the method suggested by the movie will be tried by many.
How does a gentle C-section birth plan help? If your C-section is pre-planned, discuss the following things with your doctors so that you can set up a more amiable environment if the situation is favorable. · Usage of a transparent drape (or no drape) so that you can see the birth of your baby. · Instant skin-to-skin contact. · Keeping the baby on your chest while doing your repair procedures and the newborn’s tests after the delivery (so baby can nurse if he/she likes to) · Exposing baby to his/her mom’s beneficial bacteria by using distinctively cultured gauze. · Allowing baby’s father to cut the cord and keeping him along with you and baby in the recovery unit to let bonding happen. · Attaching the straps, IVs, etc. to your non-dominant arm so that you can touch and hold your baby soon after birth. · Not discontinuing the pulsing of the cord soon after birth.
If there are no complications, and if all the circumstances and rules of the hospital are favorable, it is very likely that your doctor might grant these requests of yours.