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In the "Pushed" book, I read about a radio playing in the background during a woman's cesarean. Now I'm hearing anecdotally about women who have experienced the same thing.

I have never had a cesarean, and this is just me speaking. But I think that I would find it somewhat offensive, as though "working on" my uterus were no different than repairing my heating furnace or changing my car's oil. I can't imagine hearing commercials about car sales and fast food or the latest cell phone plan, or hearing some overplayed adult contemporary song . . . all during what should be the sacred and miraculous moment of birth.

Am I making sense here? I'm curious to hear from women who have had this happen.

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No they didn't. Everyone was very nice and respectful.

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OR's usually have CD/tape players in them. Radios don't typically work in
or's because of where they are located (bad for reception).
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They didn't do that with mine, but I think I could've been
less anxious if it was on. It would have probably helped me freak
out less and taken my mind off of things.
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They didn't, but they did ask if I had any music I'd like them to play... since I hadn't planned on being where I was all our birth music was still at the house. I kind of wish there had been something that I could have used to take my mind off what was going on but...

I do know one dr in my region ALWAYS plays his own music during c/s.... a lot of women have complained about it.

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I had an all female delivery team when I gave birth to my 2nd DD via C/S and we listened to Madonna's Immaculate Collection! Kinda relaxed me and took my mind off my nerves!
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Nope, no music during mine. My doctor was worried and was very focused on what she was doing - no time to select any tunes - even those that would have helped me to relax!
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Yes, (at least some sort of music I didn't choose was playing ) and it was just the icing on the cake of offensive things done at that hospital.
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No they didn't. Everyone was very nice and respectful.
Just curious, why do you feel that music playing is disrespectful? To me it made the OR feel more normal, not so cold and medical. I had the television on for background noise while I was in labor and while I was pushing, just made me more relaxed and the television distracted me from the pain of the contractions at times.
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they played a tape or cd of tasteless Christmas music including Weird Al's "Christmas at Ground Zero" (this was 3 months after 9-11 mind you). sickening

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Just curious, why do you feel that music playing is disrespectful? To me it made the OR feel more normal, not so cold and medical. I had the television on for background noise while I was in labor and while I was pushing, just made me more relaxed and the television distracted me from the pain of the contractions at times.
Having the radio on without asking would have been disrespectful. Asking the mom giving birth if they want music and what type of music they want would be totally different. I hate a lot of modern music and I would have been really pissed if they had just started playing music without taking my feelings and preferences into consideration. I could have had music if I wanted it, but I didn't, so they respected my wishes and left it quiet.

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my doctor sang, he is awesome.
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I was in attendance with my friend's section and she brought a CD with her (Elton John) and they played it during the birth. The nurses were singing along and the doc kept saying "I love Elton" it was really funny. I think some people just need to loosen up and relax and music really helps them do that.
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Someone posted some time ago on these forums some art work done by women in therapy to help express their frustration and heal from the trauma of the caesarean surgery.

One picture was of a woman tied to a tree with an "X" spray painted on her.

The woman said that the surgical staff was having a non-chalant discussion during her caesarean about the trees around the hospital being spray painted with an "X", a marking meaning that this tree was to be cut down. In her drug, dazed state, she saw herself as one of the trees.
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They had some cheesy station on and it bothered me but I was too freaked out to ask them to shut it off.
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I can't imagine hearing commercials about car sales and fast food or the latest cell phone plan, or hearing some overplayed adult contemporary song . . . all during what should be the sacred and miraculous moment of birth.
There's been no radio playing for any of my four sections, but I doubt it would bother me. Those moments haven't been anything that I consider sacred or miraculous. (The two under general are the best, because I don't remember them.) Hearing some overplayed adult contemporary song would be better than hearing "I'm starting to cut now" (duh - I can feel it, even if I can't feel the pain), and "okay - I see a foot" and the big slap in the face "congratulations" (because caving into your threats and being gutted like a fish is such an accomplishment).

I may ask for a radio next time. I'll definitely ask that they DO NOT TALK TO ME.

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no, no radio. my birth was much too scary for everyone, my surgeon included, for anyone to be playing music

there was a lot of talking among the medical staff, but none of it was flippant or non-chalant. i kind of wish it had been non-chalant, which might have indicated things were okay, but it was all business--because no one was sure it was okay!

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No. It would have bothered me.. especially since my second one was urgent and everyone was really tense. There were too many specialists and people standing by, there was no time for music.

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Thanks, Christina. I'm a whiner, but I just can't deal with the whole "another day at the office" vibe, especially with "care" provider who knew how upset I was.

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A lot of surgeons like to play CD's when they perform surgery, it helps them relax and helps pass time. I've been in three c-sections (observing as a student) and assisted in one. I would have liked some music on when I assisted it would have been nice.

Thing is, with most surgery's the patient is out so they don't remember the music. I would think they would ask if the music is ok but you never know what offends people. Where I work a lullaby is played overhead every time a baby is born. Some people love it, others are offended and hate it.

Surgery is notorious for being the least personal specialty. After many years staff has a tendency to forget the patient as a person. Some build this up because the patient is always out, some as a defense mechanism so they don't get attached.

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The guy who did my surgery chatted with dh and I the entire time.

He was a very nice man.

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Thanks, Christina. I'm a whiner, but I just can't deal with the whole "another day at the office" vibe, especially with "care" provider who knew how upset I was.
I get that I guess it *is* just another day at the office to them, but it is a major deal for you. Seems to me like checking with the patient first would be the thing to do.
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No music with either of mine. But my first was an emergency situation and my 2nd I got a dirty look from the anesthesiologist and my OB b/c I piped into their conversation about their wives and interior decorating, and how that was something I enjoyed. They just looked at me then said anyway and went back into their conversation. I think that was my biggest deciding factor for a HBA2C. I just will not be in that environment again :

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I had a whole list of songs I would've liked played in the event I needed a section (I didn't).

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd topped the list.
If I Just Lay Here (I don't think this is the real name of the song, but it was played AD NAUSEUM last year about this time)

Even now, if I hear these songs on the radio I can't help but think of lying in an OR (which I did need to do for a d&c).

eta - I mean no offense to anyone here. But being prepared in the event I needed a section topped my list. I even asked my OB if he picked the music or if I could.
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No music with either of mine. But my first was an emergency situation and my 2nd I got a dirty look from the anesthesiologist and my OB b/c I piped into their conversation about their wives and interior decorating, and how that was something I enjoyed. They just looked at me then said anyway and went back into their conversation. I think that was my biggest deciding factor for a HBA2C. I just will not be in that environment again :
WOW- great patient care, there : That really would have upset me, too!
Where do these doctors get off treating patients like that??

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They played music during my section and I thought it was nice. It wasn't the radio it must have been a CD. I only remember one song and it was "What a Wonderful World" I dunno, I thought it was a nice touch. The surgeon talked with me the whole time about baby stuff.

I'm sure if I didn't want it played they would have turned it off.

I really think the hospital experience depends on the individual hospital and doctor, just like everything else.

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In the "Pushed" book, I read about a radio playing in the background during a woman's cesarean. Now I'm hearing anecdotally about women who have experienced the same thing.

I have never had a cesarean, and this is just me speaking. But I think that I would find it somewhat offensive, as though "working on" my uterus were no different than repairing my heating furnace or changing my car's oil. I can't imagine hearing commercials about car sales and fast food or the latest cell phone plan, or hearing some overplayed adult contemporary song . . . all during what should be the sacred and miraculous moment of birth.

Am I making sense here? I'm curious to hear from women who have had this happen.
I read Block's book too, and it was the first time I've read about the cesarean procedure from beginning to end. I imagined myself on the operating table and the potential coldness of the event and how truly traumatic it can be.

As a birth advocate/activist I've spent so much time and energy "against" unnecessary C-sections without really beginning to understand what it must feel like as that mom on the table.

Kinda even makes me feel ungrateful and guilty about being upset over the unnecessary medical interventions in DD's birth.
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Where I work a lullaby is played overhead every time a baby is born. Some people love it, others are offended and hate it.
Oh they do this where my girls were born and every time I heard the lullaby it brought tears to my eyes - you don't happen to work in Illinois?
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So I don't qualify but I think it's in the same vein (ignore me if not) while I was birthing my first daughter with the epidural my OB and the nurses stood around chatting about the OBs son and the construction going on around the hospital. I seriously was afraid to push lest I interrupt them. : My OB wasn't even looking at me most of the time. :

ETA- this same OB gave me an episiotomy before I even started pushing.

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