Whether you’re scheduled for a C-section by choice or due to medical necessity, there are things you can do to have the birth experience possible.
The “natural” or “family-centered” cesarean can help increase initial bonding, increase skin-to-skin contact, make breastfeeding easier, increase early milk production, and reduce the chances of postpartum depression.
You have time now to sit down with your midwife or doctor and talk through what to expect and which variables you can make choices about.
A few things to consider:
- Often the mother needs assistance from someone to hold the baby on her chest post- cesarean. Dad, partner, doula, or midwife can do this.
- If baby is not well enough for skin-to-skin right away, do it whenever you get reunited.
- Certain pre-existing conditions would make a natural cesarean inappropriate. Your initial talk with your care provider will help determine if this type of cesarean is safe and right for you.
Some tips to prepare for a safe and satisfying cesarean birth:
- Meet with your care provider now to find out how they preform C-sections and what to expect.
- Ask your doctor about a gentle, family-centered cesarean.
- Take a Cesarean Preparation Class.
- Take a hospital tour to see the operating room and recovery room ahead of time.
- Plan for postpartum help from family, friends, or a doula.