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Did They Play the Radio During Your Cesarean?

post #1 of 59
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In the "Pushed" book, I read about a radio playing in the background during a woman's cesarean. Now I'm hearing anecdotally about women who have experienced the same thing.

I have never had a cesarean, and this is just me speaking. But I think that I would find it somewhat offensive, as though "working on" my uterus were no different than repairing my heating furnace or changing my car's oil. I can't imagine hearing commercials about car sales and fast food or the latest cell phone plan, or hearing some overplayed adult contemporary song . . . all during what should be the sacred and miraculous moment of birth.

Am I making sense here? I'm curious to hear from women who have had this happen.
post #2 of 59
No they didn't. Everyone was very nice and respectful.
post #3 of 59
OR's usually have CD/tape players in them. Radios don't typically work in
or's because of where they are located (bad for reception).
post #4 of 59
They didn't do that with mine, but I think I could've been
less anxious if it was on. It would have probably helped me freak
out less and taken my mind off of things.
post #5 of 59
They didn't, but they did ask if I had any music I'd like them to play... since I hadn't planned on being where I was all our birth music was still at the house. I kind of wish there had been something that I could have used to take my mind off what was going on but...

I do know one dr in my region ALWAYS plays his own music during c/s.... a lot of women have complained about it.
post #6 of 59
I had an all female delivery team when I gave birth to my 2nd DD via C/S and we listened to Madonna's Immaculate Collection! Kinda relaxed me and took my mind off my nerves!
post #7 of 59
Nope, no music during mine. My doctor was worried and was very focused on what she was doing - no time to select any tunes - even those that would have helped me to relax!
post #8 of 59
Yes, (at least some sort of music I didn't choose was playing ) and it was just the icing on the cake of offensive things done at that hospital.
post #9 of 59
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Originally Posted by felix23 View Post
No they didn't. Everyone was very nice and respectful.
Just curious, why do you feel that music playing is disrespectful? To me it made the OR feel more normal, not so cold and medical. I had the television on for background noise while I was in labor and while I was pushing, just made me more relaxed and the television distracted me from the pain of the contractions at times.
post #10 of 59
they played a tape or cd of tasteless Christmas music including Weird Al's "Christmas at Ground Zero" (this was 3 months after 9-11 mind you). sickening
post #11 of 59
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Originally Posted by TCMoulton View Post
Just curious, why do you feel that music playing is disrespectful? To me it made the OR feel more normal, not so cold and medical. I had the television on for background noise while I was in labor and while I was pushing, just made me more relaxed and the television distracted me from the pain of the contractions at times.
Having the radio on without asking would have been disrespectful. Asking the mom giving birth if they want music and what type of music they want would be totally different. I hate a lot of modern music and I would have been really pissed if they had just started playing music without taking my feelings and preferences into consideration. I could have had music if I wanted it, but I didn't, so they respected my wishes and left it quiet.
post #12 of 59
my doctor sang, he is awesome.
post #13 of 59
I was in attendance with my friend's section and she brought a CD with her (Elton John) and they played it during the birth. The nurses were singing along and the doc kept saying "I love Elton" it was really funny. I think some people just need to loosen up and relax and music really helps them do that.
post #14 of 59
Someone posted some time ago on these forums some art work done by women in therapy to help express their frustration and heal from the trauma of the caesarean surgery.

One picture was of a woman tied to a tree with an "X" spray painted on her.

The woman said that the surgical staff was having a non-chalant discussion during her caesarean about the trees around the hospital being spray painted with an "X", a marking meaning that this tree was to be cut down. In her drug, dazed state, she saw herself as one of the trees.
post #15 of 59
They had some cheesy station on and it bothered me but I was too freaked out to ask them to shut it off.
post #16 of 59
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Originally Posted by Turquesa View Post
I can't imagine hearing commercials about car sales and fast food or the latest cell phone plan, or hearing some overplayed adult contemporary song . . . all during what should be the sacred and miraculous moment of birth.
There's been no radio playing for any of my four sections, but I doubt it would bother me. Those moments haven't been anything that I consider sacred or miraculous. (The two under general are the best, because I don't remember them.) Hearing some overplayed adult contemporary song would be better than hearing "I'm starting to cut now" (duh - I can feel it, even if I can't feel the pain), and "okay - I see a foot" and the big slap in the face "congratulations" (because caving into your threats and being gutted like a fish is such an accomplishment).

I may ask for a radio next time. I'll definitely ask that they DO NOT TALK TO ME.
post #17 of 59
no, no radio. my birth was much too scary for everyone, my surgeon included, for anyone to be playing music

there was a lot of talking among the medical staff, but none of it was flippant or non-chalant. i kind of wish it had been non-chalant, which might have indicated things were okay, but it was all business--because no one was sure it was okay!
post #18 of 59
No. It would have bothered me.. especially since my second one was urgent and everyone was really tense. There were too many specialists and people standing by, there was no time for music.
post #19 of 59
Lisa, .
post #20 of 59
Thanks, Christina. I'm a whiner, but I just can't deal with the whole "another day at the office" vibe, especially with "care" provider who knew how upset I was.
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