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Mom's Approve of Patient Centered Experience

Birthing CenterMemorial Hospital's Birthing Center has been offering a "gentle cesarean" program for the past two years; a program which promotes a calm environment for the newborn infant and a bonding opportunity for mother and child.  Dr. Susanna Magee confirms that research finds that practicing the gentle cesarean process decreases instances of postpartum depression and increases breastfeeding rates.  NBC 10's Barbara Morse Silva reports that the Memorial Hospital Birthing Center "is the 1st and only hospital in the area" practicing the gentle cesarean procedure.

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It's just been a few weeks since Esma was born.

Her mother, Jennifer Alrahbi, had her husband and her doula -- a non-medical labor companion -- by her side when she had her medically necessary cesarean birth. "Opposed to it being a surgery. It was a birth," Alrahbi said.

That's because Alrahbi had what's called a gentle cesarean section.  Doula Jessica Fuss described a typical cesarean birth. "They're taken out of their mom. They're put under bright glaring lights flat on their backs when they've been nice and curved in the womb for so long -- flailing their arms around, totally out of control," Fuss said.


"In some instances, moms got to see the baby kind of as the baby was being born, we would lift her over the drape and go, 'Oh, there's your son or daughter,' but not really be able to bond or even touch the baby," said Dr. John Rollin Morton of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.  The experience is different in a gentle cesarean birth.


"Whoever is attending the baby's birth will take the baby and bring it to mom's chest," said Dr. Susanna Magee of Memorial Hospital.

"It wasn't rushed. I had my husband with me. I had my doula with me. It was really calm, and I had my son instantly," said Leanne Benoist, a new mother.


Benoist was one of the first mothers to have a gentle cesarean birth at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. That was two years ago. Her son was breach. She has since had another baby, 4-month-old Celeste, who was born vaginally.

"It was a very calm experience. I felt like everyone was listening to me," said Dulari Tahbildar, who switched hospitals and doctors "at the very last minute."

All of these mothers were supposed to deliver elsewhere, but they went to Memorial Hospital because of the program.

"Well, it can only work if everybody's working together to facilitate a patient-centered experience," Morton said.

At Memorial Hospital, the gentle cesarean is now part of the birthing culture for those who must have a C-section.

The research is clear.

"There's decreased rates of postpartum depression. There's improved breast feeding rates. There's improved sense of maternal experience in the sense that women rate their experience as more positive," Magee said.

Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket started the gentle cesarean program two years ago.


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