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by Sarah on July 13th, 2011

While my wish for all Moms is that they are able to experience the natural birthing process, I fully understand that for certain medical reasons, there are woman who are unable to. What they are able to do though, is create an environment in the operating theatre which is as calming possible, and as close to natural birth as possible.

Here are a few things which you could request from your selected hospital:

- Ask to be as involved in the procedure as possible. This means that the drape can be dropped, so that you see your baby as soon as they emerge, and that your husband or birth partner can cut the umbilical cord.

- Ask for the Caesarean to be performed as slowly as possible. This allows the baby to “autoresuscitate” – start breathing unaided – while still attached to the placenta, as in normal birth. The baby is “half-delivered” and a combination of the naturally contracting uterus and the baby’s vigorous wriggles allow the lungs to expel fluid in a similar way to a vaginal birth. This reduces the risk of the baby needing help to breathe; a common occurrence after a Caesarean. (The Times Online)

- Ask your Doctor to delay cutting the umbilical cord for as long as possible (preferably until it has stopped pulsating). This allows the remaining blood in the placenta to be transferred to the baby which is hugely beneficial to them. (Science Daily)

- Provided that all their vitals are good, as soon as your baby has been born, place them onto your chest and keep him/her here for as long as they allow you to. Don’t let nurses and doctors take your baby to be washed and weighed, etc before you have had a chance to bond skin-to-skin.

-When your baby is on your chest, encourage him/her to latch onto your breast.

- Make sure you’re not wearing any perfume or strong smelling deodorant, as this is overwhelming for your baby.

- Ask the theatre nurses to dim the lights as much as possible.

-Play relaxing music throughout the procedure.

It’s a really good idea to have all these things written down and handed to the hospital in advance. I’d also recommend that you put your husband or birth partner in charge of making sure that your wishes are carried out, so that you can be as relaxed as possible on the day.

The above information was taken from The Times, Write About Birth and Worry- Free C-Section.

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  • Gauri

    This is fabulous and I reposted it on my facebook community page. Thanks!

    Also, check this little bit of fun out You’ll see you have been tagged with the idea that you will do the same: list 10 thing you love about your babe and then ask 5 bloggers/mothers to do the same. What do you say, are you in?