Some mothers feel very strongly about being able
to bond with the baby right after birth. Unless there is some
complication, a mother can usually hold her baby within the first few minutes
after a vaginal birth. After a cesarean, the mother's time with her baby may be
briefly delayed as her surgery is completed. This delay can be longer if she
stays in the recovery room for a time after the birth.
When a general
anesthetic is used, the mother is
unconscious through her baby's birth. This most often happens during an emergency cesarean.
If regional anesthetic is
used during a cesarean, the mother stays awake. But she may not be as actively
involved in the birth as during a natural birth or a birth without using
medicines. If she gets sedatives, she may be groggy. Or she may fall asleep or not
remember much about the birth.
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