WHEN Dr Neil Wallman prepared himself to perform a caesarean at John Flynn Hospital this morning, it was not just another day in the office; in fact it was a very special day for one mum who had the privilege of delivering her own baby.
After months of careful planning with the mother and the hospital, Dr Wallman today performed what's known as a natural caesarean.
After Dr Wallman made the incision and moved the baby's head and shoulders to the right position, the new mum reached down, grasped her baby under its shoulders, pulled him out, and laid him on her own chest.
While this is normal with a natural birth and allows the mum and baby important skin-to-skin contact and bonding time, it's very uncommon with caesareans. Dr Wallman said he believed it was the first time a natural caesarean at John Flynn Hospital had skin contact during the operation.
In spite of the amazing events which were unfolding, Dr Wallman said the atmosphere in the room was extremely relaxed as the events went exactly to their carefully laid plans.
"When the new mother approached me about this initially, I wasn't so sure about it," Dr Wallman said.
"But the more I thought about it, the more I realised how amazing this would be.
"It took a lot of very careful planning, but it was so worth it for the end result.
"We had to be very careful that the mother was properly sterilised, so this took a lot of care and planning.
The whole thing was recorded on a video camera attached to the lights in the delivery room, capturing the amazing and precious memories for the parents.
John Flynn Hospital and Dr Wallman are no strangers to more controversial deliveries.
The hospital and Dr Wallman have been offering mums-to-be the option of having a water birth for about 10 years, and another mother delivered her baby in similar circumstances at the hospital just recently.
Dr Wallman has more than 30 years' experience and offers the highest expertise in care and management for expectant mothers, including water birthing, calmbirthing and hypnobirthing.
For more information, visit http://www.drneilwallman.com.au/.
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