8 Benefits of a Gentle C-Section

The purpose of a gentle C-section is to take the sterile environment of the operating room and make it more friendly and welcoming to things like immediate skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, and overall bonding time in those first moments after delivery. It facilitates a gentle birth for your baby where they are born slowly and into a darkened room meaning that the journey from womb to world is less of a shock and means they are likely to be less stressed at birth.

Let’s take a look at five benefits of opting for a gentle C-section.

baby being born via c-section

1. Stay in control of your birth

You can stay in control! Instead of just going with the flow, you can have a say in how you want your birth to pan out. This will help you to feel confident when the time comes.

2. Create your own birth experience

You can make it your own. With a gentle C-section you’re able to create a bespoke environment for your birth. Whether you want to play music or dim the lights, write it all in your plan and don’t be afraid to make your wishes clear!

3. Support your baby’s lungs

Your baby’s lungs receive extra support. Your baby will be born slowly - head first, then their body - mirroring a vaginal birth. This means your baby’s lungs are squeezed as they’re born, and this will facilitate their breathing immediately after birth.

4. Less stressful for your baby

It makes the transition from womb to world a lot smoother. It’s a slower process, helping your baby to adjust from your warm, comfortable and safe womb into a dark room where your voice is the first sound they hear. This means your baby is less stressed at birth and more likely to have their first feed soon after birth.

5. Your partner is equally as involved

Some partners feel like a spare part during labour, if you haven’t taken a hypnobirthing course then you won’t know all of the wonderful ways your partner is involved during labour. During a c-section your partner can fully share those first magic moments with your baby and you.

6. Higher chances of breastfeeding and bonding

If all is well then the baby should be placed onto the mothers chest so they can breastcrawl and take their first feed. During a standard c-section, it’s more likely this part would be rushed and you’d then try and start feeding in the recovery room. If you’re relaxed and calm enough then your oxytocin levels will be higher which will make breastfeeding more likely.

7. Delayed cord clamping

You can request delayed cord clamping whereby the umbilical cord is left for a minute before being cut. This means some of the baby’s blood volume is transferred. Ideally we want optimal cord clamping which is where the cord is left to run white which means ALL of the baby’s blood has been transferred.

8. Increase your oxytocin levels

Finally, gentle C-sections help increase your oxytocin levels, which is a vital ingredient of an empowering birth. If you create the environment you’re happy with, then you’re more likely to be calm during the procedure. This will naturally boost your oxytocin levels which in turn will support bonding at birth, and - if you want to - breastfeeding.

mother looking at newborn baby born by c-section

Seeding and your c-section

When a baby is born vaginally, they pass down through the birth canal and are coated in microbiomes – healthy bacteria which gives them protection as they leave the sterile womb and enter a world full of germs and bacteria. When a baby is born by c-section they are born abdominally and this means no bacteria and no protection. This may sound worrying but the good news is that you can request ‘seeding’ as part of your birth plan. By requesting seeding, you will be asking the staff in the operating theatre to take a swab of your vaginal fluid and coat your baby after birth so they do get immune protection as they enter the world.

 

Breastfeeding after your c-section

It’s true that lactation can be delayed if you have a c-section. This is because your body doesn’t go through the same hormonal response as a vaginal birth. When a baby is born vaginally, the placenta coming away from the uterine wall is what triggers lactation to begin. This doesn’t mean that if you have a c-section that you won’t be able to breastfeed – far from it! You may just need to do things a little differently. The best way to tackle this is to express colostrum before your c-section so you have a supply, should you need it. Once your baby has been born try latching and feeding immediately after birth and only give the syringes of colostrum if you need to. You can also hand express once you’ve given birth to speed lactation up. A delay in milk may only be for a few days – just remember that your body is very clever and will know what to do. Don’t let your c-section and fear of feeding undermine your own confidence!

 

C-section recovery

Recovery from a c-section is something we get asked about a lot at butterbean! Below are our top tips for recovering from your c-section:

  1. Take care of yourself – focus on you and put yourself first, yes that means even above visitors! Be mindful of your physical well-being. Don’t lift anything heavier than your baby, eat a healthy diet, drink lots of fluid and rest, rest, rest!
  2. Organise help and accept it – it can be difficult to accept help from friends and family but if you need it any time, after having major surgery and looking after a newborn is the time to speak up – and loudly!
  3. Get moving – it’s important to keep moving after a c-section, this will help you to avoid a blood clot or deep vein thombrosis but overall it’ll aid a healthy recovery. It might be hard to move at first so take it day by day and do what you can, building everyday if it right to do so.
  4. Know when to seek medical help. Although very rare, recognising any warning signs after a c-section is important. These include: severe pain, pain when weeing, a cough of shortness of breath, pain or swelling in the lower legs, discharge or puss from your caesarean wound, heavy vaginal bleeding and clots, the wound becoming red, swollen and painful, fever or a high temperature. If any of these symptoms arise, contact your doctor or triage immediately.

 

The more you know, the more in control you’ll feel when the time comes to bring your little one into the world. Butterbean exists to put you in the driving seat, so you can know your options and make the right choices for you and your baby. Be sure to explore the ‘Prepare my mind’ section of our platform, where you’ll find all the tools you need to feel confident ahead of time.

You can find out more fascinating facts by signing up to become a butterbean member today!

baby born by c-section

8 Benefits of a Gentle C-Section

baby born by c-section

The purpose of a gentle C-section is to take the sterile environment of the operating room and make it more friendly and welcoming to things like immediate skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, and overall bonding time in those first moments after delivery. It facilitates a gentle birth for your baby where they are born slowly and into a darkened room meaning that the journey from womb to world is less of a shock and means they are likely to be less stressed at birth.

Let’s take a look at five benefits of opting for a gentle C-section.

baby being born via c-section

1. Stay in control of your birth

You can stay in control! Instead of just going with the flow, you can have a say in how you want your birth to pan out. This will help you to feel confident when the time comes.

2. Create your own birth experience

You can make it your own. With a gentle C-section you’re able to create a bespoke environment for your birth. Whether you want to play music or dim the lights, write it all in your plan and don’t be afraid to make your wishes clear!

3. Support your baby’s lungs

Your baby’s lungs receive extra support. Your baby will be born slowly - head first, then their body - mirroring a vaginal birth. This means your baby’s lungs are squeezed as they’re born, and this will facilitate their breathing immediately after birth.

4. Less stressful for your baby

It makes the transition from womb to world a lot smoother. It’s a slower process, helping your baby to adjust from your warm, comfortable and safe womb into a dark room where your voice is the first sound they hear. This means your baby is less stressed at birth and more likely to have their first feed soon after birth.

5. Your partner is equally as involved

Some partners feel like a spare part during labour, if you haven’t taken a hypnobirthing course then you won’t know all of the wonderful ways your partner is involved during labour. During a c-section your partner can fully share those first magic moments with your baby and you.

6. Higher chances of breastfeeding and bonding

If all is well then the baby should be placed onto the mothers chest so they can breastcrawl and take their first feed. During a standard c-section, it’s more likely this part would be rushed and you’d then try and start feeding in the recovery room. If you’re relaxed and calm enough then your oxytocin levels will be higher which will make breastfeeding more likely.

7. Delayed cord clamping

You can request delayed cord clamping whereby the umbilical cord is left for a minute before being cut. This means some of the baby’s blood volume is transferred. Ideally we want optimal cord clamping which is where the cord is left to run white which means ALL of the baby’s blood has been transferred.

8. Increase your oxytocin levels

Finally, gentle C-sections help increase your oxytocin levels, which is a vital ingredient of an empowering birth. If you create the environment you’re happy with, then you’re more likely to be calm during the procedure. This will naturally boost your oxytocin levels which in turn will support bonding at birth, and - if you want to - breastfeeding.

mother looking at newborn baby born by c-section

Seeding and your c-section

When a baby is born vaginally, they pass down through the birth canal and are coated in microbiomes – healthy bacteria which gives them protection as they leave the sterile womb and enter a world full of germs and bacteria. When a baby is born by c-section they are born abdominally and this means no bacteria and no protection. This may sound worrying but the good news is that you can request ‘seeding’ as part of your birth plan. By requesting seeding, you will be asking the staff in the operating theatre to take a swab of your vaginal fluid and coat your baby after birth so they do get immune protection as they enter the world.

 

Breastfeeding after your c-section

It’s true that lactation can be delayed if you have a c-section. This is because your body doesn’t go through the same hormonal response as a vaginal birth. When a baby is born vaginally, the placenta coming away from the uterine wall is what triggers lactation to begin. This doesn’t mean that if you have a c-section that you won’t be able to breastfeed – far from it! You may just need to do things a little differently. The best way to tackle this is to express colostrum before your c-section so you have a supply, should you need it. Once your baby has been born try latching and feeding immediately after birth and only give the syringes of colostrum if you need to. You can also hand express once you’ve given birth to speed lactation up. A delay in milk may only be for a few days – just remember that your body is very clever and will know what to do. Don’t let your c-section and fear of feeding undermine your own confidence!

 

C-section recovery

Recovery from a c-section is something we get asked about a lot at butterbean! Below are our top tips for recovering from your c-section:

  1. Take care of yourself – focus on you and put yourself first, yes that means even above visitors! Be mindful of your physical well-being. Don’t lift anything heavier than your baby, eat a healthy diet, drink lots of fluid and rest, rest, rest!
  2. Organise help and accept it – it can be difficult to accept help from friends and family but if you need it any time, after having major surgery and looking after a newborn is the time to speak up – and loudly!
  3. Get moving – it’s important to keep moving after a c-section, this will help you to avoid a blood clot or deep vein thombrosis but overall it’ll aid a healthy recovery. It might be hard to move at first so take it day by day and do what you can, building everyday if it right to do so.
  4. Know when to seek medical help. Although very rare, recognising any warning signs after a c-section is important. These include: severe pain, pain when weeing, a cough of shortness of breath, pain or swelling in the lower legs, discharge or puss from your caesarean wound, heavy vaginal bleeding and clots, the wound becoming red, swollen and painful, fever or a high temperature. If any of these symptoms arise, contact your doctor or triage immediately.

 

The more you know, the more in control you’ll feel when the time comes to bring your little one into the world. Butterbean exists to put you in the driving seat, so you can know your options and make the right choices for you and your baby. Be sure to explore the ‘Prepare my mind’ section of our platform, where you’ll find all the tools you need to feel confident ahead of time.

You can find out more fascinating facts by signing up to become a butterbean member today!