Apparently, not even childbirth is safe from the organic craze. What’s the latest trend sweeping delivery rooms? Natural cesareans.
The birthing style, also known as “gentle cesareans,” involves the baby doing much of the delivery his or herself by “walking” (more like, wriggling) out of an opening in the abdomen instead of being removed by the doctor.
Childbirth educator Sophie Messenger recently shared a video of her friend using the natural cesarean method (the friend OK’ed sharing the video) in hopes of enlightening others about this lesser known delivery process, which claims to help babies easily clear mucus from their lungs.
Messenger explains that her friend had a hard time finding a hospital and doctor who would agree to not only the natural process but the several other birthing requests she had, leading her to find another healthcare provider.
The mother had a very specific set of requirements for the birth, including using her using own music, dimming the room’s lighting, being able to view the birth using a mirror, leaving the umbilical cord attached until it stopped pulsing, and leaving the baby with the mom until the family was ready to have the baby be weighed and measured. (Messenger’s friend kept the baby for six hours before the nurses took him.) As Messenger explained:
The video is creating a stir online, being viewed 2.3 million times on Facebook since being shared on Tuesday.
However, despite the viral popularity of the clip, many medical professionals have rightful concerns about this type of delivery. As Michael Cackovic, M.D., an ob-gyn at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, told Selfearlier this year, “I can appreciate the loss of control that patients feel when they undergo a cesarean, but it doesn’t mean they should be doing their own surgery—and a cesarean is surgery. It doesn’t make sense. There’s no benefit to it.”
As Cackovic noted, not only can this type of cesarean increase the risk of infection, it can also lead to excessive blood loss and tearing if the incision is widened too drastically during the delivery process. Additionally, the likelihood of a baby being strong enough to push themselves out of the womb is “extremely low.” It’s best for women interested in natural cesareans to consult their doctor before performing this type of delivery.
You can view Messenger’s video below. Warning: This video contains graphic imagery that might be difficult for some to watch.