Originally Posted by EineMutti
Thank you for your advice! As I have made the decision to have an elective C-section (well, my urologist insisted on that) anyway.That might mean I might not have to rely on the propiverine as much as I thought I would. While not pleasant, I can cope without that and the Surmontil. That leaves desmopressin and citalopram, both in relatively low dosages.
The citalopram and surmontil are for PTSD which is getting better anyway as DS's health continues to stabilise. Four years ago we had no idea if he would even make it to the next day, he was four and couldn't walk, talk, move or see anymore and then relapsed twice, so my anxiety was through the roof. Now looking at him, you wouldn't even know he has a special needs status at school :)
I do dread a section though, my last natural birth was wonderful and I was fit so very fast, but the effects it had on my already battered bladder were devastating. I am a young woman, I don't want to be in nappies for the rest of my life! Will I be able to bf straight after the section or will they push for formula?
Had no problems bf last time, perfect supply and DS put on weight quickly, no mastitis or anything. But I did wean at two months after a few UTIs and having to take lots of different medications. Also still had Uni and DH was the stay-at-home dad. This time, I will be able to stay at home.
I'm so glad your son is doing better! I'm glad you were able to get your med situation in order, too.
C Sections sound scary, I know, it is major abdominal surgery, but I've had 3, (looooong story, long labors, long 2nd stages and an android pelvis) and you should be able to breast feed in the recovery room right after the C Birth without problem. My first birth was so long (56 hours of futile labor and 4 hours of futile pushing) that I was shaking too hard to even hold my baby right after that birth, but that was 27 years ago. With my next two section births, I had my babies on the breast immediately after I got into the recovery room. I have a friend who had her husband hold the baby over her shoulder while she was being stitched up while still in the operating room.
I made sure I had a good Birth Plan. You might want to talk to a Doula agency to help with the birth plan. My 3rd C Birth was planned (after I labored with the first two and ended up with sections.) I had my Birth Plan tailored to my situation, specifying the baby would room in, he or she would have NO bottles or pacifiers, no formula and be in my arms asap and requests for anesthesia, analgesia, placement of catheters etc. They gave my daughters to my husband right after they were born and weighed, and he took them out of the OR. Then when they finished up with me (my yelling the whole time to "Hurry up! I want my baby!") and then wheeled me into the recovery room, where I was able to be with my husband and my babies. My second and third babies went right to the breast, my third was even swallowing colostrum in the recovery room. The nurses didn't believe me, but I called them over to come listen. They were laughing that "those crunchy lactation consultant mamas always have a ton of milk." Yeah, well....we've learned.
My OB made sure he had 8 copies of my birth plan by my 32th week (my body had threatened to birth my children early so he wanted to be ready) He made sure every department that might have myself or my baby had a copy of my plan and my OB even called from home to make sure they were following my plan. Nobody tried to force formula on my babies with my last two births because I made my desires clear, while being polite and people were more than happy to comply. Most good nursery and maternity nurses don't like to see babies formula fed, either, so they are usually on your side.
A good birth plan should be two pages or less. Making requests rather than demands will be more likely to be honored. Mine had things like "We request our baby not be offered any artificial nipples or bottles." We request, if possible, that the baby be allowed to room in with me as soon as I am placed in my room." "We request, if possible, that our baby not spend any time, other than for weighing, in the Central Nursery." "We request that all blood tests be run by one of us and OKed in writing before being done on the baby.." "We do not give permission for the baby to be given any vaccinations without our written permission beforehand." etc. I also have urinary issues and did not want the urinary catheter placed in my body until after the epidural or spinal had been administered. I have scar tissue in my urethra and catheters cause me a great deal of pain, so that was one request, as well as having the catheter removed as soon as possible after the C Section.
You will probably want to get the plan to the doctor and the hospital weeks before the birth. Hospitals staff can not honor a 10 page birth plan handed to them as the woman walks into the hospital in labor.
Everything on my plan was honored! I had OKed in my plan the PKU test, but had also said no testing or drugs could be administered to the baby, unless they were for emergency purposes. My DD had been taken down to the nursery to be weighed one day and I got a frantic call, "Mrs. C. we're so sorry! I know your birth plan says no tests without written approval. The baby was just given a PKU test, I don't know what to do now!" I assured the panicked nurse that my plan had OKed the PKU test without prior approval (as it's law in our state) and he had nothing to worry about.
Talk to your OB about your birth plan, make sure he or she has copies of it weeks before the birth and have him read it while you are in the room with him. My OB did all this and everything we requested in our plan was honored.