Originally Posted by mommamiagal
Hi! It's mommamiagal. Maybe you have read some of my posts. I am agonizing over having a c section, and I wonder if you can somehow help me through this. How do I get over my fear? Can you tell me step by step what happens. How long are you hooked up to all of the IV's and catheter after the birth? Isn't it hard to breastfeed like that? Also, I am so sad about leaving my 2 year old for 3 days.How can I bring back some joy to this birth, I went on a hospital tour tonight and it really depressed me..now I know why I had my last two at home. Thank you. I will really appreciate it! Maria
There is a good white paper on the ICAN site that details a c/s step by step.. I could look it up for you if you would like..
I think the length of time you are on IVs etc really depends on the hospital and your Dr, have you discussed any of this with your OB?
I have had 2 c/s.. neither were planned... but with my second c/s, I prepared myself that it might happen and I had a list of requests ready to go.. in case.. It really helped me feel more in control of the situation and also allowed me to feel more like I was a participant rather than just a body on a table..
We requested to bring a camera into the OR and that the OB tell us when they were ready to remove my DD so my DH could take photos. I really cherish those pictures of my daughter being born.
We had asked if DH could cut the cord, however due to the situation, he was unable to do so.
My baby was worked on near my head so I could see and hear what was going on as they revived her.
My doula was able to be at the door of the OR while we were there and when DH went with DD, she was able to be a relay between him and I
I was able to hold and touch my daughter on the operating table.
These things really made a big difference to me. It also helped we had a very good birth center who was willing to grant our requests.
I had my IV from about 11pm until 8 am.. but I had my catheter for 4 days.. due to a cut bladder during surgery..That was no fun..
A recent article in the Lancet speaks of 2 ladies who had a c/s. One was planned one was not. In both cases the babies were kept with the mother and both recovered in their own rooms instead of recovery right after surgery. They were able to bond with the baby for that hour after birth in much the same way a vaginal birth mom can. They delayed the bath, ointment etc, until after this time and also the baby was then bathed etc in the room. Perhaps this is a request you can talk about with your Dr...
LMK if you want that link to the white paper on what a c/s entails..
Have you tried any natural methods to move things along?