The need to improve C Section birth is long overdue. While studies and research are slow, there are some upgrades that we can share concerning surgical birth. While C-Sections may be elective, there is no doubt that major surgery for birth doesn’t come without complications and future issues down the road. Instead of focusing on how many surgeries are occurring, let’s concentrate on upgrading the procedure while considering the health and wellbeing of the mother and her baby. Whether you ask for the Misgav Ladach method for cesarean, which uses glue instead of staples, or Vitagel to stop internal bleeding, being proactive in your Doctor’s choices and patterns can make a difference for you in your surgical outcome.
First, there is a new scalpel for incising the uterus, made out of plastic that has been developed called the C-Safe scalpel. This scalpel reduces the chances of baby being cut and hurt during the operation. Approximately 45,000 babies are cut every year in the US alone during C-Sections.
The gentle C-Section has been developed in England. A mirror is placed above which shows mom the baby’s birth, lights are turned lower, and baby is brought up to mom’s chest for skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, while she is being closed after surgery. This helps bonding as the oxytocin in the blood – that is the feel good, love chemical – is not as present in surgical births, unless it is an emergency C-Section. Also the exposure to bacteria on mom’s skin helps develop baby’s immune system and assists in breastfeeding.
Cotton binders for post-surgical support have been shown to increase the ability to walk and hold baby, while reducing pain and stress for mom. Modern fabrics and materials make binding the tummy much easier and more comfortable than ever before, so that the ancient wisdom of bringing the stretched tissue back into the body, reminding the tissue of the original shape to shrink back to, helps the skin, and organs to relax now that the space has been vacated.
Hemostatics like Vitagel can help reduce bleeding and reduce the amount of cauterization they do. Pads like Ethicon by JnJ can help reduce internal tacking in between organs, especially if you keloid.
Remember to ask and discuss all aspects of your procedure with your Doctor so you can have the best birth possible. Use C Section Recovery belly bands to assist you in getting out of bed and walking post surgery along with the Massage DVD for your continued health care regime. Scar tissue can create pain and issues, so a few minutes a day can really help your scar be soft and heal well.