A West Country hospital is leading the way in natural c-sections.> It's when the baby effectively 'delivers itself ' by wriggling their body out of the mother's womb. Doctors first make an incision into the womb and bring out the baby's head. It is then left to manoeuvre its shoulders out alone in a way that is similar to natural birth.
Torbay Hospital was one of the first in the region to carry out this procedure.
It's believed to give the baby a less distressing entry into the world and assist with mother and child bonding.
It can take up to four minutes for the baby to be born during a natural caesarean, before it is placed on the mother's chest, which is thought to help the bonding process.>Melissa Simcox from Paignton had her daughter Freya by natural caesarean, at Torbay Hospital and was back home the same day.
From both a medical and a parent's perspective, the natural c-section movement may be a win-win. Hopefully giving the mother the experience she wanted, without compromising her care.
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