Australian mom Sarah Downs was afraid of giving birth naturally, so she wanted to do a C-section birth. But she also wanted to feel more connected to her newborn during the procedure and not excluded behind a curtain, as is typical for that surgery.
So that's why she had it arranged that no nurse or doctor at her private hospital would be the one doing the delivery. Instead, she did it herself.
"I reached into my own womb during C-section surgery and delivered my beautiful baby girl," Downs said.
Posted by Maternity Consumer Network on Friday, April 8, 2016
Downs is part of a growing number of women taking part in maternal-assisted caesareans, which involve the mother scrubbing up with doctors and being the first one to touch the baby and then place it on her chest for immediate skin-to-skin bonding.
"I asked the doctor if he would facilitate a maternal-assisted birth and am so thankful that he was prepared to go the extra mile. I understand that this would not be suitable for all pregnancies," Downs said.
Dr. Shiri Dutt, who helped Downs with the birth, said he believed it was important to offer choices to patients. He added that the maternal-assisted procedures were very controlled, with focus on patient safety and infection control.
Though not a common practice or offered in public hospitals, Downs wants other C-section moms to know it was a wonderful experience for her personally.
"Tenasi was on my chest immediately," Downs said. "It didn’t feel weird or frightening."
“I reached into my own womb during C-section surgery and delivered my beautiful baby girl.”Posted by Courier Mail on Friday, April 8, 2016
“I reached into my own womb during C-section surgery and delivered my beautiful baby girl.”
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