Back to the subject at hand, I highly recommend taking the hospital tour, even IF you have a scheduled c-section. That's your chance to ask questions about policies, see the rooms, find out their prep procedures before the c-section, how they handle recovery, etc.
The hospital I had DD at was older, and handles a big portion of the high risk cases for Nor. Cal. They prepped me in a shared room, but luckily I had it to myself. The hospital had two dedicated operating rooms, and access to several others if needed. I was allowed to bring two support people. DD was whisked off to the NICU because she was snorting a little, and I didn't see her for over an hour. I found out later that the neonatologist said she didn't even need to be there. She likely would have regulated her breathing just fine if she was placed on my chest. I was able to nurse in recovery after she was allowed back. I was a little out of it because I was itching and shaking, and got a lot of meds to stop the side effects. I think I was in recovery for about two hours before getting a room.
I had a HORRIBLE roommate. She didn't speak English, she had no support, wouldn't breastfeed because of cultural reasons, and the nurses were in there with her around the clock. I don't fault her for those things, but it made sleeping impossible. The first day we were allowed only clear liquids like broth, jello, etc. The second day we were allowed food, but it was bland at first. She had her family visit, and they brought the most horrible smelling ethnic food. It wasn't a good choice for her to eat...she ended up with severe diarrhea and I couldn't get up to pee. I got chastised by the nurses for it. Eventually I broke down crying, and told them I needed my own room. I hadn't slept in two days because of the nurses coming in and turning on lights every 20 minutes for her. I got the first available room, and things were fine after that.
What I learned:
- Opt for a hospital that has private rooms if possible.
- I'll ask for different pain control if I end up with an RCS. Norco was not sufficient, but the OB would only give me Norco or Vicodin.
- I did my research, and a better OB. One that doesn't push c-sections, one that is evidence based, and one that supports natural birth. (Even with twins!)
- I'll bring magnesium or vitamin C with me to the hospital, in case I get constipated again. I tried walking, prune juice (GROSS!), lots of that sweet cranberry juice, colace, etc. Nothing helped. I've since discovered that a little magnesium or C help, and it is much quicker than the other methods.
- I picked a different hospital that is more family-friendly. (Actually, baby-friendly as they say.)
- I'll probably bring my own snacks this time. The hospital food wasn't bad, but I would have been hungry in between meals.
The hospital I chose this time also has two dedicated operating rooms, with others available but not normally used. Prep and recovery happen in a regular L&D room as long as they aren't incredibly busy. If they are, moms can recover in the 3 bed triage room. (I've already had to go their twice...triage isn't so bad there. At the old place it was ratty and small.)