The Benefits of a Family Centered Cesarean

The benefits of a family centered cesarean may outweigh its risks. Some argue that a family centered cesarean is less sterile, safer, and more personalized than a traditional one. This article will outline what you can expect from a family centered cesarean. Whether or not it is right for you and your family will depend on a number of factors, such as the doctor’s experience, your medical history, and your preferences.

Less sterile

In the U.S., family centered cesareans are still relatively new, but some hospitals are beginning to adopt them. For example, Vanderbilt University uses a special curtain with a window to keep the operating room sterile during the delivery. The flap opens and closes as the baby is gently walked out of the womb. Other changes to the traditional C-section include a new position for the transition nurse, who watches the baby and mother during skin-to-skin contact after the birth.

A less sterile family centered cesarean can help parents feel more comfortable. A blue drape is draped over the operating room during the c-section to ensure sterility. Parents may attach a clear sheet drape to the drape to view their baby while undergoing the procedure. This way, they can still interact with the baby and provide support while at the same time, ensuring a more natural birth experience.

More personal

The benefits of having a family centered cesarean may surprise you. According to the study, women who have cesarean sections report less satisfaction with the birthing experience, delayed skin-to-skin contact, and delayed mother-newborn interactions. Nonetheless, it is important to consider that family centered cesarean is not without risk. Here is how to plan a family centered cesarean.

First, you’ll have someone to hold your baby. Your obstetrician can make sure that your baby is held close to your body, even during the surgery. Having someone else to hold the baby, stroke the baby’s hair, or document every moment for you and your partner is an invaluable support to your new mother. The additional hands will also help the new mom bond with her baby and make the experience more personal.


A safer family-centered cesarean can result in a shorter hospital stay for both mother and baby. Studies have shown that mothers who have a cesarean have lower risk of complications, including maternal and neonatal blood loss and other parameters. One study found that mothers had shorter hospital stays, and fewer neonates were admitted to the NICU. While the practice of a family-centered cesarean is still relatively new, some hospitals are already using it.

This method of delivery minimizes the importance of traditional obstetric rituals and puts more focus on the mother. Early STS contact with the infant has many developmental benefits. After the procedure, the baby is placed on the mother’s chest for bonding. Mothers can watch the rest of the birth without an IV in their dominant hand. The baby can be held close and nursed immediately after the surgery, which makes it easier to bond with the newborn.

More personalized

Some hospitals are adopting the family centered approach, a trend that has many benefits. The new techniques allow mothers and babies to join as soon as possible without posing health risks. A new position is created to monitor the mother and child during skin-to-skin contact. Some hospitals, such as Johns Hopkins Hospital and Sinai Hospital, are already implementing the practice. Others are hesitant to change their practices.

A family-centered cesarean is a variation of the traditional C-section. This method is less invasive than traditional C-sections and allows moms to take an active role in the delivery process. It can include skin-to-skin contact with the baby during delivery, a support person with the mother during the birth, and breastfeeding while in the operating room. A patient’s satisfaction with the entire process can be measured through an 11-item questionnaire administered by a nurse and the research coordinator. Other options may include an un-strapped arm and lowered sheets.