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The natural caesarean: a woman-centred technique
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
© 2008 The Authors Journal compilation © RCOG 2008 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 115, Issue 8, pages 1037–1042, July 2008
How to Cite
Smith, J., Plaat, F. and Fisk, N. (2008), The natural caesarean: a woman-centred technique. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 115: 1037–1042. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.01777.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Accepted 7 April 2008.
- caesarean section;
- natural childbirth;
- physiological resuscitation;
- skin-to-skin contact
Although much effort has gone into promoting early skin-to-skin contact and parental involvement at vaginal birth, caesarean birth remains entrenched in surgical and resuscitative rituals, which delay parental contact, impair maternal satisfaction and reduce breastfeeding. We describe a ‘natural’ approach that mimics the situation at vaginal birth by allowing (i) the parents to watch the birth of their child as active participants (ii) slow delivery with physiological autoresuscitation and (iii) the baby to be transferred directly onto the mother’s chest for early skin-to-skin. Studies are required into methods of reforming caesarean section, the most common operation worldwide.