Maternal Assisted Ceasarean

You may have started to hear about what's called a maternal assisted ceasarean. What is it? Basically it is where the mother helps pull the baby out straight from the womb. Then mother places her baby on her chest, having skin to skin contact. No passing bub to Paediatrician or midwife, no wrapping etc. It means that the mother can have a surgical procedure that is as close to having a vaginal birth as possible. This gentler, closer to nature practice can help the mum feel more in control and more positive about her surgical experience whilst promoting breastfeeding and bonding. Even if you are planning a vaginal birth, you could prepare yourself with the possibility of a Ceasarean, just in case. 

Here is some pic of Kylie Szabo birthing her baby Emma Thursday 15 January 2015 at Dandenong Hospital. Ob was Dr Saul Cohen

Have you heard of the film Microbirth?? In short it describes that there may be evidence that because of the increase of ceasareans, babies are not getting beneficial microbes from the birth canal which would normally be present in a vaginal birth, which may increase the incidence of obesity, diabetes and auto immune diseases such as celiacs disease.

So how can you get the benefits of the microbes from the birth canal in a ceasarean birth?? Well a technique is available to those who are having an elective cearsean. This is where a gauze is inserted into the vagina at least one hour before the ceasarean is scheduled. That way the gauze comes into contact with the beneficial bacteria and helps "seed" microbes when the baby is born. Just before the ceasarean is to take place the gauze is removed. This gauze is then wiped over the mouth, face and body of the baby, to start the seeding process. The baby is then allowed to have skin to skin contact with the mother for a number of hours after the birth. Its so great to see how people are coming to understand the importance of natural birth and even if a vaginal birth is not achieved for whatever reason then the ceasarean can be as "natural" as possible for a surgical procedure.

Rebecca Possamai