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#1 of 3 Old 06-02-2013, 10:56 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi all-

I'm 26wks with my second baby and have had low lying placenta the whole pregnancy. On Friday my U/S showed the placenta to be about .5cm from the cervix and my OB said he would consider it placenta previa and have about a 50/50 chance of it moving up enough for a vaginal birth. I know many women have this procedure and I want a safe, healthy birth/baby, but honestly, I'm really, really afraid of having a C-section birth. Although I'm unhappy about the surgical aspect of it, mostly I'm really sad about the idea of not being able to be with my new baby immediately after birth for bonding and breastfeeding. I've read some women say they have "progressive" hospitals and were allowed to have the baby on their chest while the MD was finishing the C-section. We will have to speak with our hospital about their policies, but can you give me some advice about things to put in my C-Section Birth Plan that will convey how important skin-to-skin/breastfeeding is? I don't want to write something so unreasonable that they don't listen to me at all, but am not sure what's realistic to ask for given my desire for being with the baby.


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I put down some wishes for a c-section on my birth plan too. I just figured that if there was an emergency and I ended up with one, at least I wanted it on my terms.

What I wrote about this was that I wanted the baby up to me imediately to "say hello". And I also wrote that I wanted the baby with me at all times, I knew the baby had to go out of the room for a few minutes to get properly wrapped in to stay warm in the cold OR, but that I wanted the baby right in again to be with me at all times. My birth partner was to follow out and then bring the baby in again and hold the baby if I couldn't.

And I also wrote that if they had to put me under for some reason, the baby was to stay with my birth partner at all times. (And you know, they could do skin to skin.)

I also put in a general no bottles of formula or paci, we want to breastfeed.


Things are probably a little different here, but I had my OB at the hospital read this letter first and she said that this was ok and not too "out there". This was something they could do.

Good luck!

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I would contact your hospital or ask your doctor the hospital policies. My dr. just told me yesterday at my last apt. that our hospital is very family/breast feeding friendly and baby never leaves you unless you ask. Baby stays in the OR with you and daddy holds baby after he/she is cleaned and wrapped up. Then in the recovery room, baby stays with you for nursing. Baby always stays in your regular room as well unless you want baby moved to nursery.


My first experience was a real small hospital and baby was taken to the nursery for a few minutes while I was in the OR but he was brought to me in the recovery room.


My second was different. Baby was brought to me not until after I was out of the recovery room so it was a good hour or so before I saw baby again...wasn't that big of a deal. By the time he was with me, he was READY.TO.EAT!

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