Warning: the videos included in this post contain graphic content.
You’ll never think of a newborn baby as helpless again after watching this incredible video of a caesarean birth. The doctor stands back and lets the baby practically pull himself out of his mother.
The mother in the video gave birth three days ago in Nottingham in the UK, with Dr Andy Simm as her consultant. Her friend, Sophie Messager, who is an antenatal teacher and doula, posted the video to Facebook, with the mother’s permission. She describes it as “the most gorgeous gentle caesarean”.
“It was quite a journey, because her local hospital refused to entertain any of her wishes, so she had to move to another hospital where she found the most supportive consultant, who not only agreed to support all her wishes but filmed the birth to use it to educate other health pros,” Messager writes. “I especially loved watching the baby walking himself out of the womb.”
The mother’s wishes had included “walking out of baby to help clear lungs”, “delivery to chest if cord allowed” and “baby to stay on mum until she was ready to part” (it was six hours).
“The mum also told me that someone stood holding a mirror for her and that the anaesthetist lifted her shoulders so she could see better,” Messager adds.
This type of birth is known as a natural caesarean. It’s meant to mimic a vaginal delivery, with parents as active participants, slow delivery, and the baby transferred directly onto the mother’s chest.
In a BJOG article on natural caesareans by J Smith, F Plaat and N Fisk, the authors explain that once the baby’s head is out of the incision to the abdomen, the surgeon stands back, as the baby “autoresuscitates”.