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Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery

Certified Nurse Midwives located in Paterson, NJ

Just over 30% of babies are delivered by cesarean section each year. If you think that a C-section is the best delivery choice for you or if you end up needing to have a C-section delivery, Paola A. Escobar, MSN, CNM, and the team of midwives at Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery Service in Clifton, New Jersey, have the skills and experience to deliver your baby safely. The team offers gentle C-sections that resemble a natural birth. To schedule a consultation today, call the practice or book online to find out if a C-section is right for you.

C-Section Q & A

What is a cesarean (C-section) delivery?

A C-section is a surgical delivery option, where your obstetrician brings your baby into the world through an incision in your abdomen and uterus. You can plan to have a C-section, although it’s often performed when your vaginal labor isn’t progressing as expected.

Why would I need a C-section?

You might choose — or need — to have a C-section for any one of a variety of reasons. You may elect to have a C-section because it provides more control over when and how your baby is born. Also, if you’ve had a C-section before, you may choose to use the same method for subsequent children.

However, your obstetrician may recommend a C-section at any time during your pregnancy or labor if they feel your health or the health of your baby is at risk. Some of the reasons your doctor may recommend a C-section include:

  • Prolonged labor
  • Your baby is in an abnormal position
  • Your baby is in distress
  • You’re having multiples
  • Pre-eclampsia (gestational high blood pressure)

If you have questions about a C-section, talk to your midwife and gather additional information.

What happens during a gentle C-section?

A C-section is a surgical procedure, but the team at Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery provide “gentle C-sections” that mimic a natural birth. Your anesthesiologist still provides an epidural that numbs you from the rib cage down, and your OB/GYN makes an incision in your abdomen. During a gentle C-section, the incision is lower and hidden under your bump, but they use clear draping so you can see your baby emerge.

When your baby is born, it’s given to you immediately for skin-to-skin contact. You hold your baby while the delivery team performs the APGAR (appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, and respiration). You may be given a sling for additional support to hold your baby, and your IV, blood pressure cuff, and other monitoring devices are attached to your non-dominant arm.

Another benefit of a gentle C-section is that your husband, midwife, and doula can be in the operating room with you to support you as your baby is born.

Call Holistic OB/GYN & Midwifery Service or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about your labor and delivery options including gentle C-sections.