Mom in Korea is diagnosed with placenta previa earlier in the pregnancy. She schedules a cesarean, but a few weeks before the appointment she begins to bleed. A cesarean is performed that day. Epidurals were never mentioned as an option, and mom is put under general anesthesia. The dad (an American) asks for and is allowed to photograph the birth of his son. You can read the full story of this baby's birth from the father's viewpoint HERE
this birth occured in January, 2001.

A prenatal ultrasound discovers complete placenta previa...where the placenta covers the cervical opening, making a vaginal delivery both dangerous and not an option.

Mom is admitted to Kyongpook National University Hospital..considered the best hospital in Taegu, a city of 4 million people. She nervously waits to be prepped for surgery. She began bleeding earlier in the day, and the bleeding did not stop. Mom's sister and her husband both donate blood since they match mom's type, to be used in an emergency. The situation is treated as very serious. You may also notice that there are many minor differences..such as the type of bed and that it's not a private room.

Mom is put to sleep under general anesthesia. She is intubated and monitored.

Surgery begins.

Two anesthesiologists (in blue) monitor mom and watch the surgery with interest.

The baby is transverse, facing up, so the doctors have to be very careful to avoid both the placenta and the baby.

The anesthesiologist checks mom's medication while the doctors prepare to pull the baby out.

The head is out, and the nurse hands the doctor a red suctioning bulb to clear his nose and mouth.

Some gentle traction on his head, and a healthy 6 pound 5 ounce baby boy is brought into the world.

The doctors clamp and cut the baby's umbilical cord.

The baby is immediately taken over to the isolette. It is unusual in America to see the bed tilted trundelburg (head lower than the feet).

The baby is once again suctioned.

The cord is clamped shorter...

...and the final cut is made. You can see the warmer hanging overhead.

A beautiful baby all bundled up and ready to go.

The uterus is removed from mom's abdomin, and repair of the uterus is begun. You can see the organ as a "large lump" laying on top.

The clock reads 3:26pm...only four minutes after birth, but still the team is hard at work.

The uterus is held firmly in place while it is stitched up.

Almost done with the repair of the uterus. The nurses watch with interest.

The final stitching on the uterus.

They prepare to return the uterus to the mom's abdomin.

Always a snug fit...but it is placed right back where it came from.

Now that the uterus is back where it belongs, repair on mom's belly can begin.

The doctor sews carefully.

The anesthesiologist peers over mom's shoulder. The baby has long since gone to the nursery to be cleaned up and checked over.

The internal layers are all that is left is the external skin layer.

Doctors begin stitching the external incision. They choose to use disolvable stitches instead of staples.

Tying off the last stitch.

Mom is then moved into a recovery room that looks quite different than what one might see in America.

A beautiful baby boy rests and waits for his mommy. It is interesting to note the type of blankets that are used and how they differ from American recieving blankets that are used in hospitals. The baby is wrapped in a recieving blanket, but also a fuzzy blanket similar to what would be seen on an adult bed in america.

Dad is finally able to snuggle and enjoy his son.

Mom holds the baby that she has done so much to protect.

The day after surgery, mom is able to sit up in bed and admire her son.