C-Section Secrets: 6 Options You Didn't Know You Had

Learn about 6 lesser-known options you have during a c-section, from immediate skin-to-skin contact to vaginal seeding.
Dr. Marcy Crouch
Posted on
May 19, 2023
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Cesarean Sections — There’s More Options Than You Think

Cesarean sections, or c-sections, are a common delivery method for many women. While they can be life-saving in certain situations, they are also major surgeries that can leave women feeling out of control and overwhelmed. But did you know that there are options you have during your c-section that you may not be aware of? In this blog post, we'll reveal 6 c-section secrets that you may not know about.

6 Options You Didn’t Know You Had When during a C-Section

1. Skin-to-Skin Contact

Many hospitals now offer the option of immediate skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby during a c-section. This can help facilitate bonding and breastfeeding, and may even reduce postpartum depression.

The physical contact promotes the release of oxytocin, a hormone that helps the uterus contract and reduces the risk of excessive bleeding. Additionally, this contact can help promote bonding between the mother and baby, which is important for the baby's development and long-term emotional well-being.

2. Gentle C-Section

In a traditional C-section, the baby is quickly delivered to the pediatricians. In a gentle C-section, the baby's head is delivered first, then slowly followed by the rest of the body, allowing for a gentle squeeze to remove extra fluid from the lungs before placing the baby on the mother's chest.

A gentle c-section involves making the delivery process as natural as possible. This can include dimming the lights, playing music, and allowing the mother to have more control over the delivery process.

3. Family-Centered C-Section

In a family-centered c-section, the baby is delivered and immediately placed on the mother's chest, allowing for skin-to-skin contact and bonding time with the whole family. Family members can also participate in the bonding experience by touching, holding, and talking to the baby while still in the operating room, creating a warm and welcoming environment for the new addition to the family.

4. Clear Drape

During a c-section, a clear drape can be used to create a more intimate birthing experience. This drape allows the mother to witness the miracle of childbirth and see her baby being born. The use of a clear drape can promote bonding between the mother and baby, as well as reduce anxiety and fear during the procedure.

Additionally, the drape can provide a sense of control for the mother, allowing her to be an active participant in the birth of her child. By incorporating a clear drape into the c-section process, healthcare providers can enhance the experience for both the mother and baby, creating lasting memories for years to come.

5. Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed cord clamping is a practice that involves waiting a few minutes before clamping and cutting the umbilical cord. The purpose of this practice is to allow for the transfer of blood from the placenta to the baby, which increases the baby's blood volume and iron levels.

In addition to these benefits, some studies have suggested that delayed cord clamping may also improve the baby's immune system and decrease the risk of certain health conditions later in life.

While delayed cord clamping is generally considered safe, it is important to discuss this practice with your healthcare provider to determine if it is right for you and your baby.

6. Vaginal Seeding

Vaginal seeding involves transferring bacteria from the mother's vagina to the baby's mouth and skin, which may help boost the baby's immune system.

While not all hospitals may offer these options, it's important to know that you have the right to ask for them. Discuss your options with your healthcare provider and advocate for your needs during your c-section.

Preparing for Birth and Postpartum Recovery

In addition to knowing your options during a c-section, it's also important to prepare for birth and postpartum recovery. That's why we offer an online birth prep and postpartum recovery community and program, designed to help you feel empowered and supported during this exciting but challenging time. With expert guidance and a supportive community of other new moms, you can feel confident and ready to take on the journey of motherhood.

Cesarean sections can be overwhelming, but it's important to know that you have options. From skin-to-skin contact to vaginal seeding, you can take steps to make your c-section experience more comfortable and empowering.

Check out our blog post, Everything you Need to Know about C-Sections and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, to learn more about c-sections, how to prepare, and how to have a smoother recovery.

Dr. Marcy Crouch

Known as The Down There Doc on Instagram and TikTok, Dr. Marcy Crouch is a board-certified women’s health physical therapist working to elevate pregnancy and postpartum care for women everywhere.