For Soon-To-Be Moms: Understanding What Cesarean Really is Through This Non-graphic C-section Anatomy

Giving birth is never easy, especially when a mom needs to deliver her baby via cesarean section. To prepare for this kind of delivery, mothers must be well-informed first on what they will go through and the risks associated with it.

Thanks to Laura Speece of Natural Abundance, we can now educate expectant mothers without frightening them with graphic images and videos of the actual c-section procedure! Through an informative video, Speece showed the layers that are being cut through when this major abdominal surgery is performed.

“This is a great prop to show what goes into a c-section!” she said. “Often, parents think a c-section is just one cut and pull the baby out. I wanted a way to show my childbirth ed students that a cesarean is, indeed, major abdominal surgery. The doctor cuts through may layers, in multiple directions. This information opens conversations about c-sections, prepares them for the recovery afterward should they have one, and helps to explain why there are the risks associated with the procedure.”

Speece explained that it is very important to show soon-to-be mothers the c-section procedure in a visual yet unscary way.

“There is enough fear and sensationalism and even guilt used to try to sway pregnant women to make one decision or another. These tactics have always been used, but we are now bombarded with them through the internet–social media, mommy blogs, pregnancy websites, apps, not to mention the horror stories they hear from both friends and strangers! I want my classes to be informative, but non-threatening,” she said.

“I used nine different layers in my model: skin, fat, fascia, abdominal muscles, peritoneum, bladder, uterus, amniotic sac, and one to show the baby. I made the incisions in each layer and labeled them accordingly. Then, I stacked them and used a big, fat needle with thick yarn to hold them together,” she added.

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Watch this video to know more of what’s happening during a cesarean delivery: