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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Ok, so there is no reason for me to even suspect I will need a c-section since I have had 2 births completely natural and not even an iv, but since I am a severe needle phob I am planning ahead in case!  Did anyone have the sedation (not general) with their spinal/epidural, if so what was that like?  Do you truly not remember everything? I am so worried that if something should arise and I need one that I really don't want to be aware of what is going on as I know I will freak out.  Heck they are most likely going to have to sedate me just to get me to the room before they even get the spinal/epidural in!  DH says they will have to sedate me before they even talk to me about a c-section *LOL*

post #2 of 17

If it is not a planned c-section, the likelihood of you being "fully present" for all procedures will be kind of slim - most likely your mama instinct will take over and many other thoughts will be swirling through your head and coming out your mouth.  I would assume that you are the kind of person who will go down fighting for the birth that you want  and will make informed choices about what procedures and interventions you will allow.  Mama, I know you will NOT end up with a c-section!!

 

That being said, you may do better with an IM shot of a pain med (in the tush so you don't need to see the needle) before anything c-section related is done.  They will need to put in IVs, but please keep in mind that the nurses that work in L&D are very experienced at doing these things and doing them QUICKLY.  I hate to say it, but for the brief time I worked in L&D, we did multiple sections every single day (one of the reasons I quit so soon) and everything happens and is over with before you know it.  I can put in an IV in seconds, probably with my eyes closed, LOL!! ( i also worked in ER).  

 

I realize that to someone with a phobia, that is not much consolation - but I think the best advice I can give is that if c-section is mentioned or there is some type of glaring problem that makes it obviously necessary, be informed, be calm, and be confident about YOUR decision.  So many people come out of it saying "I wish I had known xyz..." or "I didn't understand what was happening..." and the very best way to avoid this is to stay calm and really listen to what is going on around you.  Mama, I believe you are informed enough to know when a c-section would really be necessary - just keep that in mind throughout the process.

 

ETA: For what it's worth, I was very worried about the spinal being a horrible procedure - I was prepared for the absolute worst - but it was basically painless and over with so fast - I couldn't believe it!

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks, that helps a bit.  My MW seems to think the chances of needing a c-section is like none due to my past two births, but I had a dream last night about one and it really freaked me out and got the fear gears churning in my head.

post #4 of 17

It's amazing how dreams can get under our skin like that!  I had a dream the other night that I realized during labor that the baby was transverse and I would need another section.  It still makes me shudder.  I think, however, that it is actually a good thing - having our subconscious gently remind us that life is unpredictable and we need to be at least a little bit aware of all possible scenarios.  It never hurts to prepare our minds!

post #5 of 17

I had a scheduled c/s and I did not have any sedation before they did the spinal. Had I realized that was an option I would have totally gone for it. The OR is freezing and I was scared out of my mind so I was shaking really hard. I'm sure my shaking was at least one of the factors that led me to have a spinal headache from the dura being nicked.

 

I don't have issues with needles at all. I'm a nursing student and needles in my arms or others don't bother me any longer. If you suspect that your needle phobia will cause problems for you if you go to the hospital, make sure to communicate with your care provider(s) that you have a phobia and you need their help. You may have to request some form of sedation or an anti-anxiety medication, which they should be able to give you. If they're prepared ahead of time to administer that then the whole process will be much faster.

 

However, I have faith that you will not need a c/s and that you will handle your birth beautifully.

post #6 of 17

When I had my CS I didn't have any sedation before the epidural ( there wasn't really time) but I also had the uncontrollable shaking thing. I was sore afterwards from shaking so hard. My husband had to hold my head still! 

 

If for some stupid reason--> ok, not stupid, but not preferable!!! .. I have to have a c-section-- I'm definitely getting something before to help calm me down and make the whole thing less jarring. Although after the birth, they shot me up with so much morphine that I couldn't even sit up or keep my eyes open! My midwife had to hold my DD to my boob and basically breastfeed her for me haha. That morphine sleep was goooooooooooood :)

post #7 of 17

I didn't have sedation, so can't really answer your question.  I wanted to be present.  I was offered stuff for the shaking, which would "relax" me, and was offered stuff to put me to sleep.  All that I could think about was getting to my child, and the sooner I saw her the better, which meant I had to avoid that stuff and not be asleep/groggy.  A personal choice.  What I will say is that my daughter was brought to me within minutes of me arriving in recovery and latched on immediately.  The women who had the section before me was still sleeping when I left recovery.  Obviously for whatever time they took to finish her up, get the OR ready between us, the hour that they took to cut me open and sew me up, and whatever time I spent in recovery.  Everyone else DH spoke with on the floor commented that their child was away from their mother for hours - 2, 3 or more.  Mine was under the hour. They should have left her with me for the stitch up, which I don't think can happen if you are drugged up/sedated. Possibly something to consider when you discuss options with your care provider. 

post #8 of 17



Thankfully I was at the smallest hospital in the middle of nowhere. It was me and one other woman in the whole maternity ward:) They brought me DD about an hour or less after I began the whole process. I was definitely drugged and we both both slept for hours after our inital BF session :) My DH stayed with her the entire time while they sewed me up and what not. It was a pretty good CS... as far as they go....

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Originally Posted by nononose View Post

I didn't have sedation, so can't really answer your question.  I wanted to be present.  I was offered stuff for the shaking, which would "relax" me, and was offered stuff to put me to sleep.  All that I could think about was getting to my child, and the sooner I saw her the better, which meant I had to avoid that stuff and not be asleep/groggy.  A personal choice.  What I will say is that my daughter was brought to me within minutes of me arriving in recovery and latched on immediately.  The women who had the section before me was still sleeping when I left recovery.  Obviously for whatever time they took to finish her up, get the OR ready between us, the hour that they took to cut me open and sew me up, and whatever time I spent in recovery.  Everyone else DH spoke with on the floor commented that their child was away from their mother for hours - 2, 3 or more.  Mine was under the hour. They should have left her with me for the stitch up, which I don't think can happen if you are drugged up/sedated. Possibly something to consider when you discuss options with your care provider. 



 

post #9 of 17

I had my cesarean under forced general anesthetic... I would give anything to have been conscious. The disconnect I suffered from my birth an postpartum was profound, and long lasting. Five years later I still can't piece it together enough to consciously accept that I went from cramping and scared to recovering from a cesarean and having "had a baby" sometime in the seconds that I blinked. I remember reading this research piece about early (one of the first?) hospital cesareans performed under general, and after recovery the mother refused to take her newborn because she did not believe the baby was hers as she had no recollection of birthing it. I felt the same way. I would avoid general at all costs.

post #10 of 17



Wow. That would have been terrible. I will no longer whine about having the epidural.

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Originally Posted by littleteapot View Post

I had my cesarean under forced general anesthetic... I would give anything to have been conscious. The disconnect I suffered from my birth an postpartum was profound, and long lasting. Five years later I still can't piece it together enough to consciously accept that I went from cramping and scared to recovering from a cesarean and having "had a baby" sometime in the seconds that I blinked. I remember reading this research piece about early (one of the first?) hospital cesareans performed under general, and after recovery the mother refused to take her newborn because she did not believe the baby was hers as she had no recollection of birthing it. I felt the same way. I would avoid general at all costs.



 

post #11 of 17

I'm also really afraid of needles, as well as other medical interventions, and I had a c-section.  I handled blood draws, iv, and getting a spinal MUCH better than I ever thought I would.  It sounds like you would only have a c/s if something was seriously wrong, and in my experience when that happens you are so focused on the baby and whether the baby will be okay that a lot of regular fears just disappear.  When I got the spinal block, they had me sit on the operating table with my arms over my partners shoulders and that was very comforting.  The anesthesiologist told me I would feel a couple stings like bee stings on my back-and that is exactly what it felt like-and then I was totally numb.  I ended up getting general after my baby was born because I was bleeding so much.  I was actually relieved to get the general, because I could hear everyone in the OR yelling about needing blood fast-that was really the most stressful part of the experience.

post #12 of 17

I had a flat out emergency csection. I had an epidural that actually didn't work or didn't take or came out or something. I had almost delivered my DS  (was pushing and everything) when his heartbeat dropped/stopped, so they didn't have time to do anything  but the mask thing which knocked me out cold within 5 seconds.

 

I woke up shaking, too. In fact, I was sorest from all the shaking I had done when I was out (for several hours :( )

 

If you have  an emergency csecion then it happens so fast you don't have time to be worried about anything but the baby. I was scared to death and again, he was out in like 2 minutes or something (so quick-my DH had just suited up and they brought the baby out to him!)

 

So I wouldn't worry about the needles or anything. A csection never crossed my mind to be honest-so I was sort of shocked when I ended up having one!

post #13 of 17

I had a c-section after having 3 natural uneventful births... Honestly I was pretty shocked and exahusted at that point so I didn't give much thought to the needles and things.

I did not recieve anything other then the epidural but I had to talk to myself during the entire procedure to convince myself to not have a panic attack.  I didn't want them to give

me something b/c I was afriad of getting sick or being confused ect.. I have to say though it was VERY difficult for me to keep from panicking during the whole thing!

post #14 of 17

i had an unplanned c-section, but it wasn't an emergency. meaning, there was probably 30 minutes or more between when my midwife suggested we go that route and when i was in the OR on the table. they had time to give me a spinal, so no general anesthesia for me. i have no issues with needles (apart from being in no way interested in interventions or a c-section), and i was aware for the entire procedure. it was weird because i just felt a general tugging and prodding of my midsection, but knew that i was being cut open.

 

i am hoping my darndest to avoid another section because it totally sucked to recover from the surgery, but i just wanted to share - unplanned does not necessarily equate with emergency.

 

good luck! here's hoping your fears are for naught!
 

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by dabblersupreme View Post

i had an unplanned c-section, but it wasn't an emergency. meaning, there was probably 30 minutes or more between when my midwife suggested we go that route and when i was in the OR on the table. they had time to give me a spinal, so no general anesthesia for me.
 


Even c/s that are classified as "emergency" take about that long to happen. There are just so many steps that have to happen that in many cases it can be 30 or 40 minutes from the point where it's determined the c/s is needed and the momma is on the table.

 

post #16 of 17


interesting. well, they didn't knock me out!
 

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Even c/s that are classified as "emergency" take about that long to happen. There are just so many steps that have to happen that in many cases it can be 30 or 40 minutes from the point where it's determined the c/s is needed and the momma is on the table.

 



 

post #17 of 17

Thanks for starting this thread.  I was actually thinking about this just a few days ago.  With my first, I was so focused on having a natural childbirth during my pregnancy that I was thinking about it all the time.  This go around, I've been pretty laid back about things thinking, "since I've done it once, I'll just do it again."  But, at the same time, I think I do need to be somewhat prepared for anything that could happen. 

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