Check out this 'gentle C-section', and prepare to be totally amazed
When a woman decides to have a "family-centred" or "gentle" C-section, certain adjustments are made to the procedure to allow the mum to feel more involved in the birth.
During gentle C-sections, women typically watch the birth through a clear drape, instead fo the usual fabric curtain put up.
Newborns may also be delivered slower than usual in order to allow for their chests to be squeezed, thus removing fluid from their lungs, similar to a vaginal birth.
Recently, a Venezuelan doctor captured a gentle C-section on camera, and the footage is nothing short of amazing.
In the video, posted to Instagram, Jham Frank Lugo gently pulls the newborn baby out, starting with the legs, as his mum watches.
The first truly gentle cesarean I have seen. It made me weep to see the original caption (music playing, strong ties between Doula and the family, so much support, mother quietly singing to her baby) and feel the connection between all involved. I wish this was available for everyone - please mamas, changes like this are entirely consumer driven. Know better, ask for better, set a better standard for birthing people worldwide. Birth does not need to be clinical, rushed hard lined and full of rough handling...let's make cesarean birth a special place because all birth deserves to be and feel beautiful for baby, mama and family too. "This phenomenal birth facilitated & filmed by @fertilugo a OBGYN from Venezuela writes, (translated from Spanish to English), “One of the most common reasons to perform a c-section is the ‘podalica position’ (sitting or breech) which is when the baby is placed with the foot down. It is a position which, no doubt, poses serious problems for vaginal birth, but, however makes it impossible for the baby. We can see in this video a birth, respectful and careful with obstetric maneuvers, and with a vigilance that ensures the safety of the baby and the mother. With patience, listening to the music that the parents choose for this moment, and with the support of the father and their doula, the mother can be held throughout the whole process. After birth the baby can immediately be with his mother. Delayed cord clamping. Early attachment; in union doctor and patient can achieve a birth that is respectful.”
"We can see the video of a respectful and careful birth, with obstetrical manoeuvres and surveillance that guarantees the safety of the baby and the mother," the doctor captioned the clip, in Spanish.
Angela Gallo, a doula and photographer in Australia, discovered the video and re-shared it on her own Instagram, claiming it made her "weep".
"It made me weep to see the original caption (music playing, strong ties between doula and the family, so much support, mother quietly singing to her baby) and feel the connection between all involved," she said.
She continued, explaining that she wants C-sections to be special for women, and not just a clinical, surgical experience.
"I wish this was available for everyone - please, mamas, changes like this are entirely consumer-driven. Know better, ask for better, set a better standard for birthing people worldwide. Birth does not need to be clinical, rushed and full of rough handling - let's make Cesarean birth a special place, because all birth deserves to be and feel beautiful for Baby, Mama, and family too."
The video, posted by Angela last week, has been viewed almost 9,000 times, with hundreds of people commenting on how amazing the clip is.
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"Oh my gosh, this is amazing and beautiful!" wrote one admirer of the video, while another shared her own personal C-section experience with Angela, saying, "I had two incredible C-section experiences - my obstetrician and the midwives involved were amazing. I was really naive to the process first time, so everything was driven by them and I'm so grateful. I'd do it again tomorrow if I could!"
We have literally watched this video 45 times so far this morning - so beautiful.