Patients at Crestwood Medical Centre in Huntsville, Alabama have been given the opportunity to watch their own C-sections.
Traditionally an opaque drap is hung in front of the mother’s face (from around the chest area) blocking out what is happening on the other side.
For many, particularly the squeamish, this is a welcome barrier to what otherwise may be an uncomfortable or upsetting sight. For others this is a barrier to seeing the birth of their baby.
As well as blocking out unpleasant visions, the drape is there is assist in maintaining a sterile environment and reduce any risk of infection.
However, in what appears to be a simple solution for those who do actually want to watch the birth of their C-section baby, patients at Crestwood have been given the chance to opt for a transparent drape and therefore can see what is going on which would obviously include the first moment that their baby emerges into the world.
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The drape was introduced as part of the family centred environment being introduced at Crestwood.
Given the angle the mother would be at they are not going to be staring at their insides but can feel more involved in the process of their baby being born.
Would you opt to watch your own C-section if it was an option?
I have to say I think I would, although would totally understand those that wouldn’t.