If a woman experiences trauma in an unexpected c-section, sometimes it is from the feeling that she has been severed from the birth process. When I’ve gone into the OR with mothers, they often ask me to describe what is happening, because they can’t see, can’t feel, and they are disoriented by the sudden change in environment. The drape is a barrier to communication between doctor and mother, who have to peer over and around it in order to speak and make eye contact.The doctor is masked, another barrier to direct communication.
A simple clear drape – for the mothers who want it – can make a tremendous difference. Linked article and photo from the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.