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What These Nurses Invented Will Change C-Sections Forever

While a C-section is just as much a special delivery as a vaginal birth, there are some things that are clearly lacking about the whole experience, due to Mom being covered in a surgical drape, the shakes from the anesthesia and, for some, not being able to hold their newly delivered baby right away. Now thanks to Virginia nurses Kimberly Jarrelle, Deborah Burbic and Jess Niccoli, the whole C-section experience may be changing—for the better.

The three women have been working for years to perfect a new surgical drape called the Skin-to-Skin C-Section Drape which has a resealable flap that will allow the doctor to pass the baby through the sheet to the mother as soon as they are out. Since the flap can be resealed immediately, it maintains the sterility of the surgical environment as the doctor closes Mom back up. Oftentimes, C-section moms have to wait up to half an hour to hold their baby while they get sutured in order to keep things sterile. And, as many moms can attest, after waiting many months, you can only imagine how painfully long the wait can be.

"When mom gets to hold that baby for the first time on her chest, it is just unbelievable, that experience," says Burbic. "We were going, 'How could we make this happen in the operating room?'" And thankfully, they did.

And now that there's new evidence touting the benefit of skin-to-skin contact not just for Baby but for Mom as well, the nurses are hoping to see this adopted in hospitals nationwide—although like any new medical product they do expect for hospitals to be "leery at first."

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Photos: Kim Jarrelle

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