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#91 of 98 Old 12-30-2004, 12:23 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I really debated whether to schedule my c/s or just wait until I went into labor. I did a bunch of research to determine if the increased chance of infection for laboring mothers was correlated to labor or to the emergency nature of c/s in laboring mothers. From what I could tell, it seems like any amount of labor increases your chance of infection. But maybe not very much.

I scheduled my c/s for 1 day after my due date - but this was my first baby and I hadn't dropped or shown any signs of going into labor.
I was told over and over again how it was good to go into labor before hand but I discovered that the mortality rate is higher if you do. Also there is an increase in infection and other problems. Its actually safer to have a planned csection rather than an unplanned or wait until you go into labor csection. Going into labor first might be a good indication baby is ready, but may not necessarily be best over all when it comes to other things.

I considered laboring at home, but frankly, that would be a bad idea. I have a mullerian anomaly and since my uterus has been cut before I have a higher rupture rate. I might would stay at home long enough to wash my hair and shave my legs though! (and find a baby sitter?)
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what is a mulleirian anomaly (sp.)? My mother had 2 uterus'.
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Wow OntheFence, I have been thinking about the same issue but the other way around. I had my first c-section at 41 weeks but never went into labor. This one is scheduled for 38 weeks (Jan. 25th) and I am nervous about having the baby so early. This is my last child so I am a bit sad about never experiencing a labor pain or even a contraction. I wonder all the time what it feels like.

But this pregnancy has been so miserable for me that I am ready to get it over with 2 weeks early! I am also GD so the chances of a big baby should be less at 38 weeks.

best of luck with your decision. My doctor told me that if I went into labor before my scheduled date that the doctor on call would do my section right away. What policy does your OB have?

Best of luck.
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As long as I am posting here are a few things I am doing to try and make this c-birth go better than the last one. Please let me know if there are things you think I might want to add.

1) No mind altering drugs
2) Insisted on antibotics during surgery (after baby is removed) because I got infected last time.
3) A specialist to do my spinal because I had an epidural last time and it did not wear off for over 48 hours!
4) I am practicing saying "I do not consent" for anything the nurses want to do that I am not comfortable with.
5) Having Dh stay with our new daughter at all times that I can't be with her.
6) Limiting the number of family members in my recovery room at one time so I don't feel so overwhelmed.
7) Having a lactation consultant in the recovery room for the first nursing session and then to check with me the next day to make sure we get off to a good start.

That's about all...Feel free to reply, offer advice, and comment if I am forgetting important things! Thanks!
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1) No mind altering drugs
2) Insisted on antibotics during surgery (after baby is removed) because I got infected last time.
3) A specialist to do my spinal because I had an epidural last time and it did not wear off for over 48 hours!
4) I am practicing saying "I do not consent" for anything the nurses want to do that I am not comfortable with.
5) Having Dh stay with our new daughter at all times that I can't be with her.
6) Limiting the number of family members in my recovery room at one time so I don't feel so overwhelmed.
7) Having a lactation consultant in the recovery room for the first nursing session and then to check with me the next day to make sure we get off to a good start.
it sounds like a good plan! if you don't mind someone touching your boobs to latch the baby on for you, you might want to add that a designated person, like a doula, nurse or LC, has permission to latch the baby on for you ASAP. my spinal numbed my entire body and i couldn't move for 2 hours after surgery, my doula latched Willow on just 50 minutes after she was born. i also needed help again an hour later. it was awkward, but so, SO worth it! HTH

oh, keep in mind antibiotics may cause yeast infection and/or thrush, talk to your doctor about which antibiotic may be least likely to cause that. i had gentamycin and we had thrush a week later.

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Hi texassuz.

My first c-section was at 41 1/2 weeks when we found out she was breech, the second was at 39 weeks for GD. I fought hard to carry her for the extra week in hopes that an induction would be possible and I could avoid a repeat c-section. Do you know why they insist you have to have the baby at 38 weeks? Anyway, they used a balloon catheter to dilate me to 3 cm. and then broke my water, but the baby's head was still really high again, even though it had been really low the day before. I never made it any further, and still had a c-section, but felt much better about it this time because it was my choice when it happened. There was also meconium in the fluid, so I didn't want to labor too long and have her go into distress. I chose to have the c-section when it became apparent that my status was not going to change.

There are so many things you can do to make this a positive experience, but you really have to work hard to get your way. I'll have to come back and tell you more, baby needs me right now.
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what is a mulleirian anomaly (sp.)? My mother had 2 uterus'.
That would be a mullerian anomaly. Mine is bicornuate. There are different kinds and variations.
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As long as I am posting here are a few things I am doing to try and make this c-birth go better than the last one. Please let me know if there are things you think I might want to add.

1) No mind altering drugs
2) Insisted on antibotics during surgery (after baby is removed) because I got infected last time.
3) A specialist to do my spinal because I had an epidural last time and it did not wear off for over 48 hours!
4) I am practicing saying "I do not consent" for anything the nurses want to do that I am not comfortable with.
5) Having Dh stay with our new daughter at all times that I can't be with her.
6) Limiting the number of family members in my recovery room at one time so I don't feel so overwhelmed.
7) Having a lactation consultant in the recovery room for the first nursing session and then to check with me the next day to make sure we get off to a good start.

That's about all...Feel free to reply, offer advice, and comment if I am forgetting important things! Thanks!
For no1 I think you have to be clearer. Make sure you say you want no sedatives or mind altering drugs before or during suturing. They often will give you something during the suturing phase.

No3. I would try to line up a anest. guy for your planned csection that you have talked to first. Also ask about Duramorph being put into your spinal so you can have longer pain relief but can still move around.

You may want to see about having a doula with you beside your DH. If he stays with your daughter at all times, you may want to have someone with you in the OR. This was a great comfort to me.

Your other stuff sounds great. I wish you lots of luck.
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