A gentle C-section
A C-section doesn't just have to be a cold and impersonal operation.
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Yesterday I read an article on The Stir about Gentle C-sections and was as confused as you are now. It's being touted as a "new alternative" to what they call a traditional C-section. This is how JoAnn Crohn birth experience Was described:

JoAnn's chest was covered with a blue sheet and her husband, Josh, was brought in to hold her hand. After a few moments of pressure when her doctor made the incision, JoAnn heard her son cry.

Both Josh and Dude stayed with JoAnn through the rest of the procedure, then they headed back to their hospital room together. From start to finish, the procedure took an hour. "It was the same time as my first C-section," JoAnn says, "but the atmosphere was so different. It was more lighthearted. I  didn't feel robbed in the slightest."

Basically it's where the father is present from start to finish and the baby is given to mom immediately after weighing and measuring has been done and she can breastfeed as soon as they're in recovery. 

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Is it just me or does that sound pretty standard? Because that is exactly what my elective C-section was like. It wasn't something I needed to request, it is just the way it's done at the hospital I went to.

This obviously isn't what happens in an emergency c-section because there is the a high risk to both mom and baby and the doctors are just trying to get baby out.

I think the way C-sections are done in South Africa have come a long way in the 27 years since my mother had an elective C-section. When asked she said my brother was taken from her after he was born to another room with my father and she only got him back once she was back in the ward. And this may be how they still do it in The United States which is why this "gentle" family-orientated approach is appealing to them.

My experience, like JoAnn's, was relaxed and I did not feel like it was any less of a miracle than if I had given birth naturally. It wasn't stressful at all, it was quick, the paediatrician was a very reassuring presence right there talking me through it all. Yes, it was major surgery but it was, I suppose in a word, gentle. 

But that was just my experience with a C-section and even if that was the way they were done at Chris Barnard Memorial, is doesn't mean it rings true for other electives in South Africa.

What was your elective C-section like?

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