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post #41 of 59
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Music can be very therapeutic in these circumstances, especially if the mother consents and gets her preferences honored. But personally I wouldn't want to hear in the background: "Billy Bob's got a used car sale going on and its big big BIG!!!!" It's all about the individual mother wants. The big deal for me is not to treat it callously. Thanks for sharing your stories.
post #42 of 59
Yeah, during the first, second, and last they had it. I didn't mind though. It was a really relaxed atmosphere with alot of joking, laughing, etc. I can see how a mother would be offended by it though. They shouldn't play the radio automatically, out of respect for the occasion. I just, personally, didn't care. During my third she was too busy screaming about tying my tubes against my will to turn it on I guess.
post #43 of 59
Mine played very soft classical music. It was lovely and soothing
post #44 of 59
My old HS band director relayed several times the story of his wife's c/s's--two preterm and very traumatic.

He said he could see the DR's hands over top of the curtain gesturing while they had conversation. One was about one of the guys' daughters getting in trouble the day before. The second was something about car maintenance.

I'd rather have the radio, personally. He said it freaked him out a good bit, and this is a man that does NOT get freaked out.
post #45 of 59
Do you think that in *some* circumstances (not all), they chit-chat and play music to distract the patient? I've had several procedures done where they've played music specifically so I don't hear what's going on, and other minor things where the doctor or whoever is chatting with me about unrelated stuff in an obvious attempt to ease my anxiety.

I mean, clearly they should respect the patient's wishes, and if the patient doesn't want the radio on or small talk, then there shouldn't be any. But I think in some cases, they assume that most mothers would prefer the distraction and don't know right off the bat whether a patient doesn't (especially if she doesn't say anything about it).

I know some OBs and hospital staff are rude, and those aren't the ones I'm talking about. I'm talking about the well-meaning people who are trying to make it easier on the patient.

Oh, and about the lullaby being played when babies are born.. the two hospitals around here both do something similar.. they play it throughout the whole hospital.
post #46 of 59
There was no music on during mine. I would not have minded it. Next time I'm bringing some. I talked with my doc and she told us what she was doing and let DH watch. I don't remember them chit chatting, but would not have minded it.
post #47 of 59
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During a friend's surgery, the nurses were talking about their lunch plans she was really annoyed.
A friend of mine was in for an emergency c-section and the surgeon was complaining about the registration fees for his Hummer :
post #48 of 59
Nope. No music playing, but they sure did chat enough.
post #49 of 59
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Originally Posted by ColwynsMommy View Post
Do you think that in *some* circumstances (not all), they chit-chat and play music to distract the patient? I've had several procedures done where they've played music specifically so I don't hear what's going on, and other minor things where the doctor or whoever is chatting with me about unrelated stuff in an obvious attempt to ease my anxiety.

I mean, clearly they should respect the patient's wishes, and if the patient doesn't want the radio on or small talk, then there shouldn't be any. But I think in some cases, they assume that most mothers would prefer the distraction and don't know right off the bat whether a patient doesn't (especially if she doesn't say anything about it).

I know some OBs and hospital staff are rude, and those aren't the ones I'm talking about. I'm talking about the well-meaning people who are trying to make it easier on the patient.

Oh, and about the lullaby being played when babies are born.. the two hospitals around here both do something similar.. they play it throughout the whole hospital.

I think so too, I know the OB doing my section was doing that. She talked with us the whole time, only stopping to explain some things to the resident that was with her.
post #50 of 59
During my cesarean, the doctor had "Let's Give Them Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt playing on autorepeat the entire time. Never once asked me if I was okay with it. And they talked about the weather, and sports, loudly, the entire time I lay there on the table, strapped down and crying.
post #51 of 59
When my second ds was born they talked about my OBs upcoming trip to Africa. Her and her wife had started a OBGYN clinic and they were going for the third time in the last 6 months. She was getting ready to retire and they were moving to Africa. It was a good conversation that they had WITH me not AROUND me. I had told them before hand I was a talker and I was ok if they were talkers. We got to ask her all sorts of questions. I had a lot of scar tissue to get through. Then once they got to B it was all business. We also talked about her battle with breast cancer and she talked about how losing her breast was freeing for her. She also talked about trying to lower the c/s rate where she was going. She talked about how the c/s rate was too high in the US. She was the only one in her office that truly support my desire for a VBAC but then understood when I decided to go another path. I really liked her. A lot.

With my first it was too traumatic to remember much. I seriously doubt there was music. I was sectioned by an intern and I would like to think that he was concentrating and didn't want the distraction.
post #52 of 59
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Originally Posted by its_our_family View Post
With my first it was too traumatic to remember much.
It's funny. I remember OR so clearly - the pattern on the border wallpaper, the drape, the lights, the table...but I really don't remember details from the surgery very well. I remember people talking. I remember a few bits and pieces, because they hit home (comments about the actual surgery, the tugs and "pressure", the fact that the anesthesiologist and dh were the only people in there who seemed to have a clue that I was a human being, and a terrified one at that). Mostly, I just remember being terrified, wanting to die and wondering why this was happening again (I was under general for the first one). I can't remember dd's first sounds, and I barely remember "holding" her in OR - just from the pictures. I remember a little more with ds2, but not much. I'll never forget the two cesareans when I was awake...but I honestly don't remember them very well.
post #53 of 59
The anthesthesiologist put on "Amy" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, which was a nice touch (That's my name). Except he said it was by the Allman Brothers and my dh had to correct him and it became this whole big conversation. But honestly, I didn't mind, it took my mind off things.
post #54 of 59
I don't think music was played at either of my sections (2 different hospitals). I can't really be sure though because I was too busy sobbing and vomiting from the meds to really notice something like music.
post #55 of 59
No they didnt. During my first one they were discussing the "D.C. Sniper" .. lovely. I am still pissed off about that.

During my 2nd and 3rd there was no real discussion other than pertaining to the surgery and telling us what was going on.
post #56 of 59
I don't remember but I don't think there was any music playing. In fact, I think it was rather quiet and everybody was concentrating on their work. It was 1am and they were probably tired though so there was no time for smalltalk. My mom works as an OR nurse and I know that they have classical music playing during surgeries.
post #57 of 59
As for the lullaby at birth thing, i remember hearing the lullaby when I had my last miscarriage and i was waiting to go in for my D&C and it just broke me. The nurse came over and couldn't understand what was so wrong.
But I know that when I finally have this baby in July that lullaby will sound so amazing to me.
Shawna
post #58 of 59
My dd was born at 5 in the morning, which I think was the end of the shift for our ob. The ob snapped at the nurses to turn off the music as soon as we entered the or. He even snapped at the anathesialogist to turn off her beeping machine, which she of course refused to do since it was monitoring me. All in all, there was no small talk. The nurse announced when the baby was born and the "baby doctor" announced that she was fine and healthy. It was the anesthisialogist that got me thru by narrating everything and making sure I was ok. She was the only one to treat me as human, and I'll always be grateful for that.
post #59 of 59
there was some nice soft music playing--a CD. we actually really liked it, it was relaxing. when we mentioned that to the OB that we appreciated it, she said she likes to play it to help her relax, or something like that. so it wasn't for ME, but it was nice.
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