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Doctors Share Footage Of Infant Crawling Out Of Womb

Cesarean sections have become a life-saving medical procedure for many women who, for whatever reason, are unable to go through a vaginal birth. Usually, C-sections are unavoidably cold and clinical, though.

Unlike natural births, where moms can have babies at home or in a tub of water, women having C-sections need to be in a sterile operating room under bright lights. The baby is usually removed from the womb by doctors and rushed off to be cleaned up while the mom is stitched back together.

Now, doctors say there is a new way to go about it.

For most women, a C-section isn't a first choice. Sure, labor is painful, and no one doubts that, but so is having your abdomen cut open while doctors reach in and move your organs around. If it's better for the baby, though, moms are usually willing to go through with the surgical procedure.

Experts say that they have a new concept of C-sections that make it a bit more like natural births. They think it's better for the baby, despite it being just a little controversial.

It's called the 'gentle C-section', and instead of doctors reaching into the mother's abdomen to scoop out a baby that is then whisked away by a nurse, the doctors let the baby 'crawl' out of the mother's abdomen.

Newborns can't quite crawl yet, of course, so the doctors will actually guide the baby as he wiggles out of the incision and makes his way up his mother's body. A video clip of the procedure has been shared and started to go viral, with many viewers marveling about how the baby wriggles himself out of the womb.

Doctors say it's better for the baby because it mimics a vaginal birth. it helps compress the baby's lungs, which helps get rid of excess amniotic fluid. It gives the baby that skin-on-skin contact that helps with mother-child bonding. This contact also helps the baby's temperature and heartbeat regulate immediately after birth.

It can be good for the mother, too, who can opt to watch her baby being 'born'. Usually, during C-sections, doctors block the view so patients can't see it when surgeons go rooting around inside of an incision. But when the baby crawls out on his own, it's a bit less of a gruesome scene.

For some parents, it's a great option if they weren't able to have a natural birth. It makes that C-section a little less clinical. It opens the way for the moment the baby enters the world to be the heartwarming, joyful experience that every parent dreams it will be.

Pregnant moms who are expecting to have a C-section shouldn’t get their hopes up at this point. Not a lot of doctors are doing this, and it’s considered a bit controversial. However, it could be the wave of the future if it is proven that there are medical benefits for the baby, so hope springs eternal.

At any rate, it couldn’t hurt to ask the doctor.

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Source: New York Post
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