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Benefits of a Gentle Cesarean Section

When a woman is unable to give birth vaginally, a cesarean section is typically required. A cesarean section is a surgical procedure used to deliver the baby from the mother’s uterus. Although a gentle cesarean section is still surgery, it is a different approach to the procedure that offers several benefits.

A gentle cesarean section is more like a natural birth

In a traditional C-section, the baby is delivered as quickly as possible and handed off to members of the medical team. A gentle C-section, on the other hand, moves more slowly.

The baby’s head is delivered first, just as it would be in a natural vaginal birth. The rest of the body is delivered slowly to allow some of the fluid to be squeezed out of the baby’s lungs. At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, we refer to this as a “Natural C-Section.” In addition to the slow delivery process, shortly after delivery, the baby is placed on the mother’s chest, and she can initiate breastfeeding.

Other differences between a traditional and gentle cesarean

The draping used in a gentle, or natural c-section, is clear so it does not block the mother’s view as the baby is delivered. Also, during a standard C-section, the mother’s arms are stabilized, whereas, with a gentle C-section, they are free to move.

A gentle or cesarean section promotes bonding

Gentle or natural cesareans are not common, but the team at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida know from experience that this approach to cesarean delivery promotes bonding.

That’s because a gentle C-section allows mother and baby to have skin-to-skin contact immediately, as well as, begin breastfeeding within the first hour.

Although a gentle cesarean section may not be right for every patient, it offers many benefits that make it a better choice for many women. Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida is proud to offer a gentle cesarean section as a childbirth option for women interested in a more natural approach to the C-section procedure. If you would like to learn more about a gentle cesarean section, please contact our office today. You can also book an appointment with one of our providers online.


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