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Wonderful question. We get asked that a lot, we call it actually family-centered. It’s Assyrian. A key piece being that the mother, if she’s having a surgical birth, she’d have some familiarity of people around here, be it a birth partner, a Doula, a birth photographer, and then we’ll even see some grandmothers in there as well. So, but the essence of it is a sense of maintaining elements of birth for the mother who may have either been laboring for vaginal birth or even schedule Cesarean birth. We try to maintain elements of what it would look like to include having the mother walked to the operating room, to include after placement of the anesthetic, turning the lights down in the operating room. When you turn lights down, you’d be surprised how quiet people become. We also make sure the operating room, and we call it operating theater by the way, is warm. It doesn’t have to be cold and freezing and people shivering. So with the lights turned down the room warm when the family comes in and be the birth partner Doula, photographer, they can actually witness the birth, the drape between the mother. And the baby, the drape is dropped at the time of the birth and we do delayed cord pulsation for about 60 seconds. People can take pictures, roll video that plays music. So, and then at the delay core pulsation, the birth partner can cut the umbilical cord and you don’t have to be scrubbed to cut the umbilical cord because you’re handed sterile scissors, you cut the cord and the scissors or handed back. And the key part of that though is that the midwife and attendance will take the baby and bring it to the mother for immediate skin to skin, maybe has all the Vernix, some of the blood that’s still there and that the family, the mother could witness the first moments was the baby’s opening its eyes. The first cries making the first kind of descriptions of how the baby looks. Yeah. And it stays skin to skin. Some of those moms will do breastfeeding right there and the baby doesn’t separate from the mother. And then it’s just the overall attitude of this being a birth. The baby come out slower. I’m not too slow. I’ve seen videos where there’s a the baby’s crawling out the one from Australia. Yeah, I’ve seen that. I try to make very small incisions like about eight to 10 sonometers instead of large ones. And this is the other part of the family-centered cesarean a hand so the incision closed, so it has a nice thin scar. Oftentimes you’ll see people using staples, it looks like Frankenstein. And when that mother takes that dressing off like the next day and she sees that scar, if it looks aesthetically pleasing and she’s had those components of birth, she doesn’t feel disempowered. She may have tried to birth a certain way, but she doesn’t feel that she’s a failure. She doesn’t. My baby was brought to Earthside this way. And I have these components at birth partner was with, was with me. My photographer was with me. It was quiet. I was able to take pictures and listen. The staff wasn’t having this chatter about the next thing. So she still feels that there’s a birth. And what we see often in this practice, moms still go home in 24 hours after a surgical birth. Because she wasn’t hit by a train, she actually still had a birth.