This video is totally blowing our minds. Last year, British mom-to-be Sarah Saunders uploaded a video of herself to YouTube in which she gave birth via "natural Caesarean." Say what now?
The groundbreaking delivery procedure works like this: the doctor makes an incision into the womb and assists the baby by bringing out its head, but then lets the infant force its shoulders and body out on its own, in a way that mimics a natural birth. The process also allows for more of an initial bonding time for mom and baby because babies born through natural Caesarean are able to spend up to four minutes with their mother immediately after birth.
"I wanted to share this video to show that if you are unable to give birth 'naturally' that having a natural caesarean is the next best thing!" wrote Saunders in the caption. And you know what? We totally agree—this is a pretty amazing option for women who wanted to have a vaginal birth but aren't able to.
We're working on an article all about the many other ways doctors around the world—and right here in Canada—are changing typical C-section procedures to increase bonding time and to resemble vaginal births as much as possible. Look for the latest C-section innovations in our upcoming July/August summer issue.