|Originally posted by LBBmom
Just one more thing I wanted to address...I have never heard of C/S babies being sent to the NICU for no reason, although I don't doubt that it has happened. But I could never see admitting a perfectly healthy baby to our unit and needlessly separating it from it's mother for no reason.
Speaking as a recipient of a c-section, I have to tell you that wasn't my experience. My daughter was a very large (10lb 6oz) baby who had lowish blood sugar. This was before she was even given the opportunity to nurse. I didn't see her for several hours after the surgery!
She was whisked away to the NICU, given formula, and antibiotics (just in case there might
be an infection). She was hooked up to an iv, had hourly heel pricks to the point that both her feet were one big bruise when we came home, and had electrodes attached to her chest. When the machines gave a warning beep, the nurses did not even turn around! When my husband, alarmed, asked if everything was ok, they looked over their shoulders and said, "Yeah, she's fine. We look at the babies, not the monitors." It was unclear to me why she was hooked up to them then. Oh, and the nurses were not
attending to any other babies at the time. They were doing paperwork.
I was not allowed to pick her up (except for one late night nurse towards the end that let me pick her up. She told me she could lose her job if anyone found out. It was a real treat. She was the only one that encouraged me to breastfeed my daughter, and the only one that was able to help me get a good latch), nor was I encouraged to breastfeed. I had to make a big fuss to have them call me in the night when she was hungry. I have suspicions that they didn't always follow my wishes in this matter.
The NICU is a great gift for sick babies. It can be a horror for healthy ones, though. I truly feel that more harm than good was done to my child when she was put in the NICU for three days. This is one of my primary motivations for having a homebirth with this next one.