"Natural" c-section procedure allows mom to watch delivery

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newborn baby footA new, more natural c-section developed in the UK may soon be in clinical trials to see if it will improve the birth experience for mothers and better help newborns ease their way into the world. Researchers say that the traditional c-section procedure, currently focused on a speedy delivery, allows less room for family bonding. In an uncomplicated delivery, they say, speed is usually unnecessary.

The new "natural" procedure starts in the same way, making a cut and delivering the head of the baby. But then the area is cleaned and the curtains are taken down so that both parents can eventually watch the rest of the delivery. Instead of removing the infant right away, doctors stand back and let uterine contractions do their thing.

I'm all for any procedure that makes childbirth more warm and fuzzy and less cold and sterile. But yet, I'm not sure how I'd feel about watching my baby be delivered this way. I've never had a c-section, so moms out there who have, tell us this: Would it be weird to watch your baby emerge from your abdomen? Or would the overwhelming feelings that accompany childbirth outweigh the fact that you're in the middle of major surgery? Is a delivery a delivery no matter the method? Share your thoughts with us in comments.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.