Mums no longer want to miss the moment their child is born, opting for clear drapes so they can watch c-section births as they happen.
Women receiving c-sections are typically unconscious or hidden behind a thick curtain, but expectant parents now want to have a closer look at the miracle of childbirth.
Before the caesarean takes place, a clear drape is placed across a birthing mother’s stomach so they can watch as the doctors gently remove their child from their uterus.
The clear drapes are a way to keep the mother as involved as humanly possible.
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It is a far more empowering and inclusive birthing process for women which is becoming a trend within Australian hospitals.
Liz Wilkes, spokesperson for Midwives Australia, told FEMAIL she has noticed an increase in mothers wanting a more powerful voice during childbirth.
‘With the higher rate of c-sections across the country women are looking to make a range of different choices to try and be more included,’ Liz explained.
‘I haven’t seen a lot of clear drapes but I have seen many mothers wanting to have the drapes put up and down at particular junctions during the process.’
Typically – as was the case in mum Allison’s surgery, the blue curtain is kept up in the beginning of the procedure, so that the mother does not have to see the incision.
This also means the cloth can be brought back up if the mother – or her partner – gets nervous.
‘At the moment the doctors were ready to pull Bennett out, they lowered the blue drapes so we could watch our baby boy being born,’ Allison wrote.
‘For the squeamish types (like my husband) the drapes were arranged to hide the operation site and just provide a view of Bennett being lifted out of my belly,’ she said.
On March 29, Allison and Brent watched as surgeons lifted Bennett from his mother’s womb. Allison had a clear view of the moment her son took his first breath, and, moments later, he was cradled against her chest.
‘We are so thankful we got to witness this moment. Just like with our first child, seeing our baby for the first time will be cherished forever,’ said Allison.
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