When Daniela Sanders learned at 35 weeks pregnant that she’d be delivering her twins via C-section (one was breach), her first thought was “this is going to mess up breastfeeding.”
For Daniela, establishing breastfeeding early on was important. Her oldest son, 17-month-old Prater, was delivered through the birth canal and enjoyed immediate skin-to-skin time with Mom at birth.
“Breastfeeding is best for them, it’s healthier for them,” she said. “The sooner you do it, the easier it will be.”
Daniela’s OB/GYN, Dr. Laura Bradford on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, told her about a new delivery method being used at three Texas Health hospitals (in downtown Fort Worth, Cleburne, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford) called “gentle C-section.” For Moms and babies without complications, the method allows immediate skin-to-skin time in the operating room so that Mom and baby (or in this case, babies) can establish their bond early on.
“It was not as scary,” Daniela said. “When you first go into the operating room, it’s very bright and there’s a lot of stuff that you’ve never seen before. They were really good about explaining everything. I enjoyed that it was all about me and they were there to do whatever I needed.”
Landon came first, at 6 lbs 14 ounces, followed by Sophia, 6 lbs even.
“I was able to breastfeed Sophia right there while they were stitching me up. She was rooting around so we put her on.”
Daniela and husband Ian are now proud parents of three babies under 2 years old! Congrats to the Sanders family!