New C-Section technique allows mum to be 'more connected' with baby during birth
2023/08/23

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Many mums have complained about missing out on skin-to-skin contact when having a C-Section, but it seems a new technique called a MAC could be the solution.

New-generation obstetricians are offering a maternal-assisted caesarean (MAC) which allows mums to be more connected with their babies while they are being born.

The technique is quite new and rare in hospitals but sees the mum reach down and help deliver the baby as they lift them out of their own uterus and up onto their chest immediately to allow for skin-to-skin contact.

Obstetrician Dr Joseph Sgroi has been carrying out the procedure in Australia since 2017 and has revealed the benefits to Kidspot.

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"It's shown to be a massive difference, even women who I've offered a maternal assist to and they didn't know about it, or been ambivalent, after have said they were so glad they did it," he told Kidspot.

He also noted that the data has shown a boost in the moods of new mothers and an increased connection between the newborn and its mum.

He added: "The experience is a hell of a lot better than a c-section being a clinical, sterile environment - it's still sterile, but it's much more inclusive. Most of the (mums) are absolutely in awe of the whole process, and of themselves."

The process is described as "healing and redemptive", particularly if a mother has already experienced a traumatic birth.

MACs are not widely available as Dr Sgroi says there is still an "amount of resistance" for obstetricians to perform them, particularly older ones.

He added: "I get contacted by midwives and nurses in the US, Ireland and England and South America - it's nice to know we are having a far-reaching positive impact here and outside the country."

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