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Making Cesarean Delivery Family Focused

by Pamela Berens, MD, FACOG, FABM, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CME
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

Cesarean Birth may not be the anticipated birth that the family is initially planning for. When cesarean birth becomes the chosen way for delivery (due to prior cesarean birth or medical indications), how can we better prepare to make that birth meet the expectant family’s needs. This lecture will focus on strategies to better meet the needs of the expectant mother who is undergoing a cesarean birth. Available evidence will be reviewed when applicable. Topics discussed with include preparations from the staff and facility perspective, planning pain relief strategies, operative techniques, delayed cord clamping, skin to skin contact, early breastfeeding initiation and other practical considerations. Potential obstacles will also be discussed in addition to suggestions for overcoming them.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Participants will be able to educate their families regarding pain management options for cesarean birth to facilitate early mother-infant contact and breastfeeding;

Objective 2: Participants will be able to discuss techniques to safely plan for skin to skin contact during cesarean delivery and early breastfeeding;

Objective 3: Participants will be able to discuss strategies to plan for implementing a change at their institution related to family centered cesarean birth.

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