Depending on who you ask, photographer Helen Aller's photo of a newborn nestled just beneath his mother's C-section scar is provocative, beautiful, unappealing or an example of social media over-share.
You may have heard that delayed cord clamping (DCC), waiting to cut the umbilical cord until all the blood has flowed back into baby, has health benefits for your newborn. But doctors are taking things one step further with a new technique called "cord milking": actually pushing the blood back toward the baby with their fingers right after birth.
Having a C-section is not a decision that doctors or laboring women take lightly. Thankfully, in the United States, the surgeries are performed by highly qualified professionals, so mothers and babies are in good hands to help navigate any associated risks. Most moms who have a cesarean will also go on to birth their future children via the same method. But how many C-sections can you safely have?
Most women who have a cesarean section, do it because they have to: for the sake of their own health and the health of their baby. In these circumstances, a C-section is often a life-saving procedure that has us thanking modern medicine with every fiber of our exhausted post-birth body. But a significant proportion of C-sections in the U.S.
Lots of scary firsts follow childbirth: Your first poop. Your first time driving with the baby in the backseat. Your first day home alone with a helpless miniature humanoid that looks like a (cute) alien-monkey and needs you every waking second.
You successfully made a baby (that was the fun part!) and by now you have this whole pregnancy thing down. Labor, though, is fast approaching—a fact you may simultaneously dread and cheer. But even if this is Baby #1, you can approach L&D with the cool of a pro who’s delivered a whole passel of kids.
Brooke Kyle, M.D., an obstetrician in Eugene, Ore., birthed all three of her kids via Caesarean section. “There’s pressure that makes people feel like their birth is less worthy if they have to choose a C-section,” Kyle says. At first, she felt beaten that she couldn’t deliver vaginally, but “now I own it and I’m proud of my birth experience,” she says. You can, too!
Heads or tails? While only 4 percent of babies are in the breech position—buttocks or feet-first instead of head-down—at term, the decision about whether to deliver these babies vaginally or via planned C-section is a hot-button international topic.
Here’s something you probably didn’t think to put in your birth plan: If a C-section is performed, close with sutures (stitches), not staples. It could make a difference in your recovery, says a new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
While we once thought of the placenta as a sterile environment, it turns out the baby-nourishing organ contains a whole microenvironment of bacteria—one that resembles your mouth, according to research published in Science Translational Medicine. Cool, huh?
Big news, ladies! New C-section guidelines are coming to a hospital near you. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) are addressing what some of us have known for years: many of the C-sections that account for 1 in 3 births are unnecessary and harmful.