For medical reasons, I'm going to have to deliver my baby at 36 weeks (or sooner if biophysical profiles start to show distress). I'm 34w3d today. Baby has been breech for quite a while, and my specialists don't recommend an external version because one of the issues we are facing is a blood incompatibility. Any tiny tear to the placenta could cause more problems for baby, but I'm going to also discuss the possibility with my midwife and OB to see if maybe they can attempt a version right before the c/s.
Anyways... I have a little less than 2 weeks to prepare for a c-section. Any BTDT advice? Should I have anything specific ready at home? We already have meals in the freezer, a co-sleeper, and some help lined up from family and friends.
I also wrote up a birth plan and would appreciate any input. There's a decent possibility that our baby will need NICU care due to being early or because of anemia. I'm hoping for the best on all counts, but I'd like to be prepared for the worst.
- I would like both my husband and mother in the room with me
- I prefer to have spinal anesthesia instead of an epidural, with medications that allow me to be as clear-headed as possible
- In the past, codeine has caused me to vomit
- Please place the catheter after the anesthetic has taken effect, and remove it as soon as possible after surgery. I have had severe irritation in the past from a catheter and would prefer to use a bedpan.
- Unless an emergency has arisen, please do not tie my arms down.
- Please use a double-layer suture with dissolvable stitches
- I would like to have a tubal ligation at the same time as the c-section.
- Please do not give me any sedatives.
- Please bring baby to me as soon as possible after she is suctioned, provided she is doing well medically. Don't worry about cleaning her up much; it is important to me to see her as soon as possible.
- If I am not able to hold baby myself, please give her to my husband.
- Please do not administer any vaccines or antibiotic eye ointment.
- If baby needs to go to the NICU, my husband will accompany her.
- Please do not bathe baby unless it is medically necessary. My husband and I would like to do this ourselves.
- I would like to exclusively breastfeed, provided baby is physically able to do so. If baby is not able to nurse, I will pump for her. Please do not give baby any formula. I am willing to nurse/pump on demand at all hours.
Recovery and beyond
- I would like to nurse baby in recovery if possible.
- Baby will room-in with me (unless in the NICU) and we would like all procedures performed in our presence.
- I'd like my IV removed as soon as possible