This week Amber Price, the Chief Operating Officer at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, posted the above photo on Facebook with this caption: “Celebrating Nashville’s first baby born via CS with delayed cord clamping, and placed directly on mom via a window in the drape.

#SkinToSkinDrape #TheTriStarCentennialWomensHospital #YourBirthYourWay #YesYouCan (Image by Clever Medical)

The hospital in Nashville used a traditional blue drape with a non-traditional window for mom. Some other hospitals offer clear surgical drapes as well. Experts like Flor Cruz, the birth doula behind the popular @badassmotherbirther accounts, encourages moms to ask their hospitals if they can have a non-opaque drape if that’s what they want. If you want your c-section to look like this viral photo you can advocate for that.

You can ask for a maternal assisted delivery where you see the birth and pull your own baby to your chest. You can ask for skin to skin immediately. You can ask for no severing of the cord, delaying clamping of the cord or milking of the cord. You can breastfeed immediately. You can bond on another level. You can call it a belly birth,” Cruz previously told Motherly.

“At a healthcare function yesterday, several women in leadership roles came up to me to tell me they had seen my skin to skin drape post circulating on the internet, and how hard it was for them to not to feel and touch their babies right after birth. They shared how they still remember hearing their baby cry somewhere in the room, touched by strangers, sometimes for 20 minutes, and yearning to see, feel and touch their babies. They told me about the memories they have of listening to surgical staff chatting about their lives and what was for lunch in the cafeteria, while staring up at the ceiling, waiting, yearning to touch. The emotion in their voices is what I hear every day from women who didn’t experience immediate contact. They grieve those 20 minutes. We must do better. immediate connection is the easiest ask.”
– Amber Price, addressing the challenge of patient-centered care in a complex healthcare system