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HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley Announces First Gentle C-Section

Dr. Charles Haddad Performed the Surgery

(Westwood, NJ) – Yesterday, July 9th, Dr. Charles Haddad performed the first Gentle C-Section at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley.  Gentle C-sections are part of a new movement in maternity care that supports participation of the parents in the delivery of the infant and immediate bonding using skin to skin contact between mother and baby in the operating room. 


“A Gentle C-Section allows the mother to become part of the birthing process and let’s them witness the birth of their child,” said Dr. Charles Haddad, OB/GYN at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley.  This approach keeps the baby warm, improves mother-infant interaction and most times helps the mother breastfeed successfully.”

 

During a traditional c-section, a drape is placed above the chest of the mother to hide the surgical site, which prevents mothers from watching the child being born. During a gentle c-section, only the abdominal incision is draped, allowing the parents to witness the birth of their child. The baby is then directly transferred onto mom’s chest for immediate skin-to-skin contact, which encourages bonding and helps the baby to maintain ideal body temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate.

 

“We are so pleased to be able to bring this new procedure to the Pascack Valley community,” said Chad Melton, CEO of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley.  “Our state-of-the-art Maternity Center and the world-class physicians that are on staff here offer a wonderful experience for new and expecting parents.”

 

The new procedure advocates placing a newborn on the mother’s chest immediately after the birth instead of taking a child to be cleaned and checked.  Often times with a c-section, the mother will not see the baby for hours after the delivery because of the medical procedures involved in the process.  

 

For more information on the Maternity Center at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, visit www.hackensackumcpv.com

 

 

About HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley

HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is a 128-bed, full-service, acute-care community hospital, providing the same nationally recognized quality care for which Hackensack University Medical Center is known. The hospital features all private patient rooms at no additional cost, a state-of-the-art obstetrical unit, an intensive/critical care unit, five operating rooms, one special procedure room, and a cardiac catheterization laboratory. This inpatient hospital acts as an anchor to many in-demand, outpatient services such as radiology, women’s health and same day surgery. For more, please visit www.hackensackumcpv.com

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