Incredible Photo Shows Baby’s Head Popping Out of His Mother’s Stomach During Natural C-Section

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 24, 2017   |   6:14PM   |   Washington, DC

A popular new video online shows a baby emerging from its mother’s womb in a new procedure called a natural or gentle cesarean section.

The Daily Mail reports doctors allowed the baby to slowly pushed his or her head outside the mother’s womb after guiding the baby toward the incision. Reports do not indicate whether the baby was a boy or a girl, or why a C-section was performed rather than a vaginal birth.

Doctors in Venezuela captured the baby’s emergence on film and posted it to Instagram, where more than 17,000 people have viewed the tiny infant’s arrival.

Here’s more from the report:

During what are considered normal C-sections, doctors remove the baby after they have made the small cut.

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Babies born this way are susceptible to respiratory problems as they are brought out so quickly that they struggle to adapt to breathing normal air.

But this other method, adopted on film at the Centro de Fertilidad Clinica Lugo in Maracay, saw doctors guide the baby naturally, The Sun reports.

Experts say that slower, natural caesareans reduce any risk and are more beneficial to the mother as she feels more involved.

It can take up to four minutes for the baby to be born during a natural caesarean, before it is placed on the mother’s chest, which is thought to help bonding.

Watch the video here.