New Movement Focuses On Creating A More Enjoyable And Memorable Experience
Allied Anesthesia physicians are embracing the concept of “gentle C-sections” which was pioneered in Boston and is swiftly gaining ground across the country.
Unlike traditional cesarean sections, gentle C-sections focus on making the experience more enjoyable and memorable for the mother by making her comfortable and speeding up the bonding process between mother and baby.
“We’re the hand holders of the patients,” said Dr. Salomon Maya of Allied.
Maya and other Allied anesthesiologists have been known to entertain their patients, turn on music, make sure they have fresh, warm towels, and even scratch their nose for them if necessary.
“We almost pamper them to make sure the birthing experience is as positive as humanly possible for them,” Maya said. “A lot of times they are afraid or nervous and they just want someone to hold their hand during the C-section. And, we do all that.”
Allied physicians go one step further than most by performing a regional nerve block called a TAP block, which helps alleviate the pain of a C-section once the epidural wears off. The TAP block is done after the C-section is completed and while the patient is still numb from either her epidural or spinal anesthesia.
“Most women, all they need to take is Motrin and they don’t have to take any narcotics which can cause side effects like nausea and constipation,” Maya said.
Gentle C-sections also commonly involve removing arm straps from the mother so she and baby can have immediate skin-so-skin contact. Skin-to-skin contact, which is more common in vaginal births, promotes quicker bonding and gives them a head start on breastfeeding.
“It’s really a team effort with us figuring out exactly what we can do for the OB and what we can do for the mom,” Maya said. “We’re the ones making sure everything goes smoothly.”