hey L&D RNs: the 411 on tubes for hospital laborin' mamas - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 of 2 Old 04-06-2004, 07:03 PM - Thread Starter
tinyshoes's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Minneapolis USA
Posts: 1,702
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
With all the brilliance and experience on MDC, I thought I could get some answers to my questions about mamas laboring in the hospital, and Tube Rules....

...like, when a woman gets an epidural, first she needs an IV to get a bag of fluid (tube #1) then her epidural catheter (tube 2) and probably (often? always?) a urinary catheter (tube #3) and sometimes an intra-uterine pressure catheter (tube #4.)

What about a c-section mama? Is the surgical cite shunted? (tube #5)

When do these tubes come out? When mom starts pushing, is the urinary catheter removed before that? After?

Just very curious about this stuff...I know what happened to me when I was in the hospital (4 tubes! :LOL ) but I'd love to hear more on the topic.

I think if, before settling on epidural anesthesia during week 34 of my first pregnancy, I had known that I'd have to pee on a bedpan or with a urinary catheter, I would've evaluatied my options differently. An epidural is more than "just an epidural."
tinyshoes is offline  
#2 of 2 Old 04-06-2004, 09:17 PM
eilonwy's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Lost
Posts: 15,067
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Okay, I had lots of tubes during labor, and some after:

1) Antibiotics (GBS+)
2) Fluids (I was very dehydrated)
3) Epidural
4) IUPC (after the monitor lost his heartrate a few times)
5) More antibiotics (fever)
6) Magnesium sulfate (rising blood pressure and swelling, and very low, concentrated urine output)
7) Foley catheter -- this was placed after Eli's birth.

The antibiotics, fluid and magnesium I wasn't taken off of for 48 hours, and I had to take an oral antibiotic after that. I begged for the removal of the foley cath after (I think) 24 hours, and they gave me a trial run... boy, I've never peed so fast in my life, let me tell you!

The IUPC came out with Eli, and the epidural came out about 6 hours after birth.

Rynna, Mama to Bean (8), Boobah (6), Bella (4) and Bear (2)
eilonwy is offline  

Quick Reply
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off