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Family-centered cesarean is an emerging trend in cesarean birth, which sometimes goes by the names “gentle cesarean” or “natural cesarean.” It’s an effort to make cesarean birth more respectful of families’ emotional and physical needs, and elements of it are catching on in many hospitals.
Whether you’re expecting a planned cesarean or want a backup plan you’re comfortable with, it’s worth exploring how family-centered cesarean might fit into your plans.
In the past, we posted a podcast interview on family-centered cesarean, and thought we’d share some ideas for how to write a birth plan which reflects these ideas.
Below is a sort of menu, with statements you may or may not want to include in your birth plan. Pick and choose what sounds good to you!
Of course, not all providers and hospitals will be comfortable or even familiar with these modifications to the traditional cesarean birth. So plan ahead if these things are important to you, and discuss these ideas well in advance of your birth.
“I respectfully request the following procedures during my planned cesarean birth/should a cesarean be necessary, assuming that my baby and I are healthy at the time of delivery and are not experiencing any unforeseen complications.”