I have had 2 beautiful children by c-section and this is, unfortunately, the way my 3rd is going to be born. Please do not use this thread as a platform for anti c/s rants. Believe me, I am very well informed about how much they suck and, sadly, this is the way things have worked out.
We live in the Czech Republic, where one of the "quirks" of the culture is a preference for very warm rooms. People here inc. most doctors believe that lower temperatures or drafts give you a "cold". Yes, it's medieval. But there is no convincing them otherwise.
When I was in the hospital recovering from my babies' births I felt near to suffocating because the room temperature was 80 degrees F (27 C) and we are used to ambient temps of around 60 at home. When I cracked open the windows the docs and nurses fussed at me saying that I was endangering the baby. DH warned me to at least appear that I was complying or else risk that they would send social workers after us (who would not be too happy about our low household temps, vegetarian diet, co-sleeping and other "eccentricities").
The docs say that temps any lower than 77 degrees endanger the baby, but this seems VERY unlikely to me. How many parts of the world have such consistently high temperatures all year? In any case, both of our children adjusted to living in our much cooler home without any problems.
In any case, what I'm asking here, especially from anyone out there who is a birth professional, is what you consider an ideal or acceptable temperature (range) for a newborn. Do you have any official guidelines or hard data to work with?
Thanks so much.