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Family-Centered Cesarean

Dr. Catherine Bonk, the obstetric champion for the Best Fed Beginnings project, has enabled DeKalb Medical to start family-centered cesareans. This is because she helped DeKalb Medical become the first Baby-Friendly/5-Star Hospital in the state of Georgia. She and the team received the award February 2015 from Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commission of Public Health for the State of Georgia.

About Family-Centered Cesareans

In a routine cesarean birth, following delivery of the baby via incision by the surgical team, the newborn infant is taken directly to a warmer where he or she is given an initial examination, weighed and cleaned before being brought to the mother. These procedures are safe and typically work well, though they sometimes seem to lack the emotional connections often associated with vaginal birth, particularly the skin-to-skin process.

With a family-centered cesarean (sometimes referred to as a "natural cesarean"), mothers are able to regain that important close connection immediately after their baby is delivered. In this scenario, the baby is delivered by the surgical team and handed to the family's attendant, who then brings the baby immediately to mother. The mother is able to focus on and bond with her new child with skin to skin while the attendant sees to the needs of both baby and mother and the surgical team is closing the incision. This approach improves the mother's birth experience and promotes breastfeeding as well as the overall wellness of mother and baby.

  • Skin-to-skin contact and bonding immediately following a C-section
  • Presence and participation of partner during delivery
  • Dropped curtain to allow the mother to watch the birth
  • A maternal assisted C-section where the mother participates in delivering the baby

Georgia Babies Treated to Facilities Focused on Their Needs

Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics celebrates rare Baby-Friendly designation for their parent hospital.

FEBRUARY 2015 - ATLANTA, GA - Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics (AGO), a provider of women's health services with offices in Decatur, GA and Lilburn, GA, is proud to announce that their parent hospital, DeKalb Medical, has earned the prestigious designation of Baby-Friendly. Dekalb Medical was the first hospital in the state to be named Baby-Friendly and one of only two in Georgia that have received the formal designation, making them part of an elite club of just 227 total hospitals in the United States.

Atlanta Midwife Selected as Part of CNN's Fit Nation

Reaching fitness goals as a group is the aim for Julia Smookler and the rest of CNN's Fit Nation participants.

Julia Smookler, C.N.M., M.S.N. of Atlanta Gynecology and Obstetrics

FEBRUARY 2015 - ATLANTA, GA - Julia Smookler, a Certified Nurse Midwife with Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics (AGO) located in Metro Atlanta, and her husband Eugene have been selected as two of six participants in this year's CNN Fit Nation. Fit Nation is an endeavor by global news outlet CNN to promote healthier living worldwide by following a select group of participants in their efforts to achieve a lifelong health goal.

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