Some mothers plan them, others are taken quite by surprise. Either way, 1 in 3 babies in the U.S. are delivered via c-section.
“And a lot of those moms and babies do not get a chance to bond right away because the moms not getting the baby for a while,” says Dr. George Kovacevic, obstetrician on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff.
A cesarean is a surgical delivery of a baby through an incision in the mother’s belly. Dr. Kovacevic has performed more than he can count.
“In most units what would happen is the baby would be born and then handed to a specially trained baby nurse who would then take the baby off to another area and make sure baby’s doing fine. And then often mom wouldn’t see the baby until the recovery room which might be an hour or two hours later,” says Dr. Kovacevic.
After a natural birth mom and baby are able to bond immediately. But the c-section requires a sterile surgical area that couldn’t be breached. Until the gentle c-section procedure was born.
“As soon as the baby is delivered through the abdomen, as the surgeon I hand the baby to a specially trained baby nurse who’s in sterile gowns. That baby nurse then comes around and has puts the baby on mom’s chest. I’m continuing with the surgery, mom has the baby on her chest,” says Dr. Kovacevic.
The mother and child reunion has several benefits. Beginning with skin-to-skin contact. It seems kick-start their bonding and overall wellbeing.
“I think it’s incredibly important. Research shows there’s fewer cases of post partum depression if mom and baby get to bond right away,” says Dr. Kovacevic.
So this kinder, gentler c-section is delivering a healthy start for new families.