Goodluck with the upcoming cesareans ladies!
Goodluck with the upcoming cesareans ladies!
Thank you to every single one of you who shared your positive experiences. I had an emergency c/s with DD after 21 hrs of excruciating posterior labour and have been wrestling with guilt over wanting a second c/s in a few months. Your stories have made me realize that my gut instinct is telling me what is best for ME and to hell with everyone else's preference. I'm actually looking forward to it now
It has been a week since Ava-Rose arrived.
I thought my last c-section was great, but this one was flawless.
We arrived at hospital at 6am to book in for theater, went down to the maternity ward, was given my bed, gown, tags, stocking and a LOVELY midwife, who was much better than the midwife I had with my first.
I was finally rolled down to theater at 10am, where DH and I waited to be taken in. DH scrubbed up and insisted I take photos of him posing with stethoscopes and the 'theater 1' signs. It was his opportunity for an ER photo shoot in his mind.
We went in around 11am, the theater assistant accidentally steered my bed into a wall on the way, which was amusing. The anesthetist was a little dry, but my last one was very amusing, so he had huge shoes to fill. He did the most perfect job of my canula and spinal. It was no worse than giving blood.
Once on my back on the table, I realised I could see the reflection of the cesarean in the lamp above the table, not enough to be gross, but enough to understand the tugs and other movement better. The obstetrician was also teaching a student and it was quite interesting to be verbally walked through the procedure as she went. The student kept saying 'whoops', which I told her off for after the third time, she hadn't done anything bad, but it was unnerving to hear that when you can't see exactly what she's 'whoopsing' about.
Baby came out, DH cleaned her up and brought her to me, she was gorgeous! I asked that DH hold her until we were about to leave theater, then she could ride with me. She had a bit of a squawk and DH gave her a bottle (FF from birth), she sucked like a pro right away, which surprised us as it took 2 days for her brother to develop a strong suck.
They finished piecing me back together and wheeled me into recovery, we waited there for 30 minutes tops (less than with my first as I hadn't haemorrhaged this time) I must say that I loooove heated blankets. We text Mum to tell her to bring our son down, were wheeled upstairs and our son and my mum arrived not long after to meet our new daughter.
This time I feel post arrival pain has been much worse, but it's definitely my uterus contracting that's causing the pain rather than my incision.
I am very happy with my choice to have a second c-section, it was more than I hoped for and the final product is also.
We found out three weeks before we were due that I would be having a cesar, due to a few reasons. I had a fantastic dr so I felt happy and confident about the decision and not pressured at all.
DH and I decided not to tell anyone, which we found fun.
The night before we were to go to hospital I think we both slept for 30 min! 4.30am finally arrived and we headed off to the hospital, they were having a busy week so I went straight down to the recovery room and waited and waited and waited...... I was ready to get in there asap but also happy to have the emergency cesars go ahead of me!
WHen it was my turn the staff where fantastic and seemed really excited when we told them we didnt know if it was a boy or girl. I had my spinal and everything (not as scary or sore as I thought) the anethatist was fantastic making jokes the whole time it was a fantastic atmosphere and not clinical at all.
When DD came out DH held her and I got to have a look at her cute chubby face then she went and got weighed, DH and DD left the room while I got stitched up he was with her the whole time.
In recovery I had skin to skin straight away and taken up to my room.
I was one of the lucky ones to only need panodol for my pain relief and was up walking the next day once my catheter and drain were removed.
I did have alot of trouble BF (but that is another story) but got there in the end.
I will admit that although I was happy with my decision to go down this path. I did find 6 weeks later to question my decision (and I still sometimes do 17 months later) I recovered really well, was given the ok to drive after 4 weeks, I have a lovely dh who cooked and cleaned the entire 6 weeks.
Who knows I may go for a VBAC next time will see when that time comes.
As long as you are comfortable with your decision that is the only opinion that matters!! Good luck ladies
I have LOVED LOVED LOVED reading this thread!
I have had three C.section,and will be having another in November all going well.
I did try for a VBA2C with my third bubba,but it just didnt happen.Ended up being the most awesome c.sect out of all.
My Ob new my body wouldnt birth vaginally,but let me go to try.I have nothing but positive things to say about my last C.sect..(the 2nd is a different story!)
So it will be a planned c.sect this time around.
Alreday having three and knowing my body doesnt do what its ment to,its the safest smartest thing to do.And actually,i am looking forward to it.
I have loved reading this thread so much,it has made me actually feel a though i am ok to feel ok about my descions...Its great to have a place to feel like i am not being judged....
Great job ladies!
Daisymoo hearing about yourself and other ladies that have had 2 or more cesars gives me encouragement to have another cesar, that it isn't something to be ashamed of. So thank you!!!!!
Thank-you for posting this. It has really given me something to think about. I had a caesar with my DS and am hoping to try for a VBAC this time around, but I will now ask my obs about some of the things you have requested esp. having the sheet lowered so I can see bub emerge and having bub placed immediately on my chest, if I end up having another caesar.
I think I just assumed that it had to be so clinical, but you have opened my eyes to other options. With my son I didn't even catch sight of him until he was wrapped and handed to me a good minute or 3 after his birth. I missed the moment of seeing if he was a girl or boy for myself as I didn't see him at all when he emerged from my tummy and only got to hear DH exclaim 'We've got a boy!'. That's one thing I really wish had been different.
witchypoo my doctors said to my hubby 'stand up and see your baby being born!!' which was lovely (I could have asked to look but didn't want to). He couldn't see much in the way of my guts, lol but he saw him come out. they also cut the cord but cut it a little bit long so there was a token amount there he could cut off too. He said it was like a couple of centimetres long and obviously a token gesture but something he's never had the chance to do with our other two so it was really special for him.
There was really nothing much clinical about my latest caesarean at all, it was a really lovely experience. I don't feel like I lost anything by not managing to have the vba2c.
*hoping for any new stories ... Mine 4 wks away
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