Note from QCMB: We love sharing stories and ideas that may help you as a parent. And today, we’re thrilled to share some thoughts from our friends at The Group- Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists. They offer health care for women. If you’re looking for an OBGYN, we highly recommend checking them out! Special thanks to Dr. Naylor for sharing these tips with us!
Chances are you, or someone you know, welcomed a child into the world by a cesarean section (C-section). Some women are disappointed when they are told they need a C-section, but at The Group we assure you that our goal is to send a healthy baby home with a healthy mother.
Dr. Kenneth L. Naylor, M.D., one of our physicians at The Group, explains the misconceptions of C-sections, what to expect if you need one, and how The Group works to make you comfortable and safe!
At The Group, we try to prevent C-section births if we can do so safely. The Group’s low-risk C-section rate is much lower, 8% so far in 2017 and 15% since 2016, than the 23.9% goal rate set by Leapfrog Group and HealthyPeople.gov.
“As physicians, we strategically exercise patience, practice in accordance with standard protocols, and use checklists to reduce primary C-sections,” Dr. Naylor explained. “Increasing a woman’s access to nonmedical interventions during labor, like continuous labor support, has been shown to reduce C-sections, too.”
The two most common reasons for C-section delivery are problems with labor progress and fetal heart rate abnormalities.
The Group proactively implements new guidelines that redefine the normal progress of labor. “These guidelines allow more time to assess the labor progress,” Dr. Naylor said. “We have developed checklists to use, prior to performing C-sections, for labor progress and fetal heart rate abnormalities.”
One commonly believed misconception is that once you’ve had one C-section, you can never have a vaginal birth. Dr. Naylor said that’s not true.
“VBAC, vaginal birth after cesarean delivery, is a good option for most patients who have one or two prior C-sections,” he explained. “Vaginal birth is associated with a shorter recovery time and a lower risk of maternal complications. The Group recommends attempted VBACs for most of our patients.”
So, what’s a C-section like at The Group?
“At The Group we practice ‘gentle cesarean delivery’, with the goal of creating a peaceful, calm atmosphere that mimics what happens during and immediately after natural childbirth,” Dr. Naylor said. “The mother is totally awake and alert for the birth and the father is present in the room for support. We lower the sterile drape for the mother to see her baby being born.”
Debunking another misconception, Dr. Naylor explained that skin-to-skin contact with the mother, and breastfeeding, is encouraged as soon as possible after a C-section.
“We understand and are sensitive to the misconceptions and uncertainty surrounding C-sections,” Dr. Naylor said. “We want your C-section to be as much like a vaginal birth as possible.”
If you have any questions about C-sections, VBACs, or the birthing process schedule an appointment at The Group and talk with us! The Group is a group of medical professionals who care about your health holistically!
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