Nearly one-third of babies in the U.S. are born via cesarean section, which is the most common surgery performed. Cesarean sections are a routine procedure for Obstetricians that haven’t changed much over the last few decades. In the last few years, the idea of a gentle cesarean was introduced. This is challenging some of the routine practices of a conventional cesarean. A gentle cesarean, also called a family-centered cesarean, family-centered birth, or natural cesarean involves minor tweaks to the routine procedures to make a cesarean birth more mom and baby-friendly. This episode goes through the components of a gentle cesarean and how they can differ from a conventional cesarean. Also included is the evidence on the risks and benefits of vaginal seeding and how your baby’s gut microbiome can be influenced by their birth. If you know, you will be meeting your baby via cesarean. This episode will give you some options for the conventional cesarean and discuss these with your doctor. If you are planning a vaginal birth, this is great info for your backup plan so you can be prepared for all your options, no matter how you meet your baby.

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