This amazing invention will change c-sections forever

October 29th, 2015 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

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Michelle Stein

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Thanks to an invention by three Virginia labor and delivery nurses — Deborah Burbic, Kimberly Jarrelle and Jess Niccoli — c-sections will be forever changed for the better.

These women, who have more than 50 years of labor and delivery experience between them, are the founders of a company called Clever Medical. They are also the brains behind the revolutionary Skin-to-Skin C-Section Drape.

So what’s so amazing about a surgical drape, anyway? This special drape has a resealable flap that allows doctors to pass newborns through and to mothers right after delivery. Because the flap is able to be resealed right away, it doesn’t compromise the sterility of the surgical environment while the doctor continues closing up the mother’s incision.

“When mom gets to hold that baby for the first time on her chest, it is just unbelievable, that experience,” Burbic told The Richmond Times-Dispatch. “We were going, ‘How could we make this happen in the operating room?’ ”

Operate Room

For traditional c-sections, moms are forced to wait anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes (while they are being sutured back up) to hold their babies for the first time. But with the Skin-to-Skin C-Section Drape, mamas can reap the benefits of immediate skin-to-skin contact with their newborns. Conveniently, this drape comes at a time when the gentle c-section is gaining popularity around the nation.

Because roughly one-third of women in the United States end up giving birth via c-section, this new drape is obviously a pretty big deal. (I know I would love to have it in the operating room if I end up needing a c-section this time around!) Hopefully, hospitals will be jumping at the opportunity to put this new invention to use, so that all mothers — regardless of how they give birth — can bond with their newborns as soon as possible.

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What do you think of this new drape? Would you want to use it, if you needed to have a c-section?

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