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After A Cesarean Section, Can A Woman Hold Her Baby? - Dr. Grayson

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Dr. Robert Grayson shares if a woman can hold her child immediately after having a cesarean section (C-section) delivery. Dr. Grayson is an obstetrician at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona.

Dr. Grayson:
Not as acutely as if you had a vaginal delivery. So at the time a baby is delivered vaginally that baby can come straight from the perineum from the vagina on to mom’s tummy for immediate skin-to-skin contact. It actually would be part of the warming process. In a cesarean section, because the abdomen and the field is sterile until the abdomen is closed, that skin-to-skin contact has to wait until the abdomen is closed and that sterile natures isn’t necessarily needed anymore.

That usually happens though within 20 to 30 minutes after the procedure is over and the couple and the baby are in the recovery room together and then skin-to-skin can take place.

About Dr. Robert C. Grayson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.:
Robert C. Grayson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and on staff at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. He received his undergraduate degree in biology at University of California, Riverside and his Masters of Public Health from the University of California School of Public Health in Los Angeles before completing his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

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Condition: Placenta Accreta, Pregnancy, High-Risk Pregnancy

Related Terms: Cesarean Section, C-Section, Vaginal Birth, Elective C-Section, Emergency C-Section, Labor, Umbilical Cord Prolapse

Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Desert Hospital, Maternity Services at Banner Desert Medical Center

Location: Mesa, Arizona, AZ, 85202, East Valley, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Guadalupe, Phoenix Metropolitan Area

Expert: Dr. Robert C. Grayson, Robert Grayson, M.D, Doctor Grayson, Obstetrician Robert Grayson, High-Risk Pregnancy Expert Robert Grayson, Robert Grayson, OB/GYN

Expertise: High-Risk Pregnancy, Cesarean Section, C-Section, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Prenatal Education, Perinatal Care, Birthing Services, Fetal Assessment, Breastfeeding Support, Fetal Therapy, Fetal Intervention, Premature Babies

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