September 07, 2005 11:54 ET Presents: Cesarean Childbirth -- See the Delivery of a Baby Through a Surgical Incision in Live Webcast From Hartford Hospital

Live Webcast: September 23rd, 12:00 Noon EDT (16:00 UTC)

HARTFORD, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 7, 2005 -- Birth by Cesarean Section may occur for a variety of reasons, including a large baby, placenta previa, prior Cesarean Section or a breech presentation. The process of childbirth remains an amazing miracle when accomplished through this surgical procedure. Watch Hartford Hospital physicians bring a new life into the world in this live webcast September 23rd at 12:00 Noon (16:00 UTC).

At least 22% of women in the U.S. give birth by Cesarean Section. About 1.2 million surgeries are performed each year, making it the most common procedure in the U.S. ( Often doctors don't decide to perform a C-section until labor has begun. And for some couples who have gone through natural birthing classes, the thought of a C-section can be unnerving. Doctors at Hartford Hospital hope to dispel some of the concerns about cesareans with its live webcast.

The 60-minute webcast not only will include the live child birth, the techniques for opening and closing of the womb, but will also highlight the hospital's birthing suites and examine its "Baby-Friendly" status, a recognition by the World Health Organization bestowed on only about 40 hospitals nationwide.

Lawrence Z. Lazor, M.D. will perform the procedure. John F. Greene, M.D. will moderate the event.

The surgeons will also demonstrate the technique for skin closure as advances now make it possible to reduce the scars' visibility. "We want to show the procedure from the first incision to the last stitch so patients can get a clear sense of the effort we make to eliminate scarring," said Dr. Greene, Assistant Director of Women's Health Services at Hartford Hospital.

Immediately after delivery, nurses work to make sure mother and baby stay together as often as possible. In obtaining baby-friendly status, Hartford Hospital demonstrated its ability to offer breastfeeding mothers the information, skills and support needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

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