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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can you please explain to me what is a Gentle Caesarean?

    I am not too sure of the difference between a Caesarean and a gentle Caesarean?
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  • Dr Ljiljana Miljkovic-Petkovic

    Gynaecologist, Obstetrician

    I am an experienced obstetrician and gynaecologist who is passionate about providing the highest level of care in a personalised and compassionate manner. We offer … View Profile

    A Gentle Caesarean is not actually a change in the procedure itself, but rather a change in the attitudes towards caesarean. The aim is to invoke an atmosphere that more closely mimics what happens during and after a vaginal childbirth. The focus is on the mother and baby getting a physical and emotional experience as close to a natural childbirth as possible. In a traditional caesarean the baby is quickly delivered and handed to the midwife. Baby is then cleaned and assessed in another part of the room. Mother is sometimes under general anaesthetic and cannot meet the baby for few hours. In Gentle Caesarean after baby’s head is delivered rest of the delivery takes place slowly, with mom and dad watching procedure. Baby is than placed directly on the mother’s chest. Delayed umbilical cord cutting is performed to allow precious blood supply flow to the baby. We offer parents to choose calming music to be played during procedure.

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