The Gentle “C”


It is said that the term cesarean comes from the Roman emperor Julius Caesar because of the way he was born;  that when his mother died in the ninth month, they cut her open, took him out, and named him thus – for in the Roman tongue dissection is called, “caesar”

Think 2,000 years later.  A woman is lying on an operating table and in front of her is a big curtain, usually blue, which separates the soon-to-be mom from the field of surgery, her abdomen.  Beside the lady, near her head, sits her husband.  Behind the curtain, the doctor makes an incision into the woman’s abdomen cuts into her womb and pulls out a baby.  After being born, the infant is immediately taken away to another part of the room, or another room entirely, where a pediatrician does an initial examination.  During this time, the husband will usually leave his wife to take pictures of the baby and then return to show the photos to his wife.

Isn’t it odd that the first time a mother sees her baby is on the screen of a camera?” thought obstetrician Dr. William Camann, who has observed this same sequence of events countless times during the many c-sections he has performed.  (Life-saving cesareans are  generally done when mother or child experience an emergency condition.  But vaginal birth provides far more maternal satisfaction and has better bonding and breast feeding outcomes.)

Thus all the while the surgeon is performing post-opt on one side of the sheet, on the other side a newborn is getting acquainted with his or her parents for the very first time.  And of those women who have had both forms of cesarean?  They say unanimously, The Gentle C is so much better than the old way.

Some Things You Don’t WantTo Say In The Delivery Room

“Boy, you’re lucky.  I wish men could experience the miracle of childbirth.” … “Do you think the baby will come before the Blue Jays game is on tonight?” … “You think this hurts?  Did I ever tell you about the time I twisted my ankle playing hockey?” … “Do you mind if we turn the television set on and see if they get cable in here?” … “That was the kids on the phone.  Did you have anything planned for supper?” … “When you lay on your back, your stomach looks like there are two kids in there.” … “These waiting chairs sure are uncomfortable.  They’re starting to hurt my back.” … “How long do you think this is going to take?” … “Just one second, let me finish my tweet.” … “How about a labour selfie?” … “You are hurting my hand!” … “Wake me up when it’s time to push.” … “Is it okay if I check the score?” … “No doctor, no epidural; we’ve decided to have natural childbirth.” … “When can we have another?”