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Brigham and Women’s Hospital offers parents who are having a cesarean birth the option of being able to see their baby’s birth through a clear sterile drape during the delivery. If mother and baby are doing well after delivery, you will be given the option of being skin-to-skin with your baby in the operating room. This will give you the much needed time to bond with your baby during the first hour of life. Read more about skin-to-skin care.
A family-friendly cesarean also means:
The Center for Women and Newborns at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is pleased to provide low-risk women planning natural childbirth (labor and birth without an epidural or anesthesia) an option to labor in a room equipped with a labor tub (hydrotherapy).
Benefits of natural childbirth and hydrotherapy:
Nitrous oxide is a flavorless, odorless gas, mixed with oxygen that is inhaled through a face mask. It is not clear exactly how nitrous oxide works to reduce pain levels. Typically its use results in less pain- you may be aware of the pain without feeling bothered by it.
Your nurse or midwife will instruct you on how to use the face mask. The mask will not be attached to you while you inhale gas. This is intentional and will prevent you from inhaling too much gas at once. If you become too drowsy as a result of the gas, you will no longer be able to hold the mask to your face.
To benefit from the effects of nitrous oxide you need to place the mask on your face and breathe deeply before your next contraction begins. It takes 30 to 60 seconds for the gas to become most effective, so you should try to time your inhalations about 30 seconds before each contraction, or at the moment you begin your next contraction.
The effect of nitrous oxide has been described as a kind of strange sensation of feeling the pain while at the same time feeling a sense of bliss.
For a variety of spiritual, cultural, health-belief related or other personal reasons, you may wish to request to take your placenta home with you after your baby’s birth. If so, a person in the Admitting Office will give you a form to complete when you come to the Hospital to have your baby. At your delivery, your provider will be able to confirm that your placenta will be able to be sent home with you. If so, you will then need to notify your postpartum nurse and he or she will facilitate that process.
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