Gentle C-section Specialist

Willow OBGYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in San Antonio, TX

Even if it’s not planned, about one in three women end up having a cesarean section. As a progressive and compassionate OB/GYN, Kelly Morales, MD offers gentle, or family-centered, C-sections to ensure you don’t miss out on the magic of childbirth. To learn more about the benefits of a gentle C-section, call the office of Kelly Morales OB/GYN or book an appointment online.

Gentle C-section Q & A

What is a gentle C-section?

You may not intend to have a C-section, but a multitude of conditions can make vaginal birth difficult, or even life-threatening. In the event you need to have a C-section, you don’t have to let go of the childbirth you envisioned.

Gentle C-sections, also known as family-centered C-sections, present a revolutionary shift in obstetrics that strives to recreate the experience of natural vaginal childbirth in situations that require surgery.

As both a mother and experienced OB/GYN, Dr. Morales understands the significance of the moments surrounding the birth of your child. That’s why she happily discusses your particular desires at length to make sure your gentle C-section is a cherished memory for you to treasure.

How is a gentle C-section different from a traditional C-section?

Don’t let the name fool you; a gentle C-section still involves surgery. However, gentle C-sections aim to mimic the nurturing effects of natural childbirth in several ways.

During a traditional C-section, you lie on your back with your arms strapped to the operating table. A hospital screen blocks your view of the incision and birth of your child.

Afterward, the doctors immediately whisk your baby away for pediatric care. With some women, this situation creates unpleasant feelings of separation and detachment.

A gentle C-section allows you to watch your child being born. You can request a clear screen, or have the screen lowered. Your arms aren’t tied down, and you may be propped up to see better.

Gentle C-sections may also involve delivering your baby more slowly, similar to a vaginal birth. The EKG machine is attached to your back and sides instead of your chest so that you can hold your newborn right away for immediate skin-to-skin contact.

Dr. Morales happily discusses your options for a gentle C-section with you before delivery. This way, she knows what you want ahead of time and is prepared in the event of an unexpected C-section.

What are the benefits of a gentle C-section?

Gentle C-sections offer many benefits over traditional C-sections, such as:

  • Stronger bonding, more stable vital signs for the baby, and more successful breastfeeding with immediate skin-to-skin contact
  • Decreased risk of postpartum depression
  • More emotional gratification
  • Better memories of childbirth

If you’re looking for an OB/GYN who offers gentle, or family-centered C-sections, call Dr. Morales’ office or book online today.

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