Dr. Cumella Describes Gentle C-Section on Fox5August 09, 2016
There are many reasons women need cesareans. Sometimes the situation is truly life-threatening. But often the problem is that labor simply isn't progressing. When Baby Andrew had some trouble coming out during delivery, his mom needed a C-section. The Gentle C is a relatively new birthing concept, which is available at Northern Westchester Hospital. It's giving mothers who have a cesarean section the opportunity to enjoy better bonding with their babies and a more natural birthing experience than ever before.
A traditional cesarean is a common procedure: one in every four babies in the U.S. is born cesarean. In a typical C-section, an opaque drape is used. The mother may see the baby only momentarily before her newborn is whisked away for pediatric care — a separation that can last nearly an hour.
That's why Dr. Angelo Cumella suggested a relatively new approach to cesarean, called the Gentle C-section. The incision is the same—what's different is what happens after the baby is delivered. A clear drape is used to shield the sterile operating field. The room is set for the mom's comfort. It's quieter. Mom’s music of choice can be played. Many moms breastfeed immediately afterwards.
The Gentle C lets moms see their babies being born if they want, and puts newborns immediately on the mother's chest for skin-to-skin contact. This helps stimulate bonding and breast feeding.
Family-centered cesareans are a relatively new idea in the U.S., and many doctors and hospitals have no experience with them. At Northern Westchester Hospital, dozens of babies are delivered with a Gentle C-section. Expectant mothers request a Gentle C-section, should a cesarean be necessary.
Visit Maternal–Child Health at NWH to learn more about a birthing plan and delivering your baby at Northern Westchester Hospital.
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