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    Default Skin to skin in recovery after c section

    Hi, I'm 32 weeks pregnant with my second, although I had a wonderful natural birth first time (I'm hoping for the same this time) I'm trying to prepare for all possible scenarios and write a birth plan and wanted to know if anyone here was allowed to have skin to skin contact with bub straight after your Caesar and once you were moved to recovery? I remember discussing this with my OB last time (going public this time at a different hospital) and he mentioned that bub would not be allowed into recovery with me and would have to stay with DH. I've since heard a lot of other women say that was the case with their caesars as well. I'm not so sure why this is the case but want to be more informed about this and my options for my next hospital appointment when I bring this up.
    I'm particularly interested in hearing from those who were allowed to have bub with them and how/why this was allowed.

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    I was allowed to have DS in recovery with me, I bf him for the first time there but didn't have skin to skin.
    It was almost 1am and there wasn't anyone else in theatre or recovery so that may have influenced the decision.

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    I'm in regional WA and was allowed to have bubs with me in recovery both times. I also had a middy with me, so not sure if that is why. Maybe it's a staffing issue and we are just lucky that's it's just what the hospital does down here.

    But both times, baby was checked, wrapped and placed on my chest while I was stapled up etc and then once I was in recovery and they took my temp and did ob's, baby was unwrapped and put on my chest and stayed there - even when getting wheeled back to the room.

    Good luck - hope it all goes well and you get your skin to skin.

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    I had bub follow me into recovery, but was in his crib. I had cuddles after they cleaned him while I was being stitched up, but with limited room behind the curtain he didn't stay long. DH did follow him but he never actually left the room I was in the at the time so I could always see him. I had a midwife with me in recovery too, but I think it's hard to do skin to skin behind the curtain and while you're still under the affects of spinal or epi. Then by the time it wears off it's a long time to have bubs naked!

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    My hospital was adamant that skin to skin was super important c section or not and after their super quick checks they plopped her on my chest and that's where she stayed for the rest of the day...and the next day and the next day....

    Edit: mine was a scheduled c-section in a private hospital. So I wasn't knocked out, I just had a spinal block.
    Last edited by Eleven Eleven; 08-05-2012 at 17:12.

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    A lot of it boils down to staffing and funding, as it takes a midwife to be with you for the entire time. From pre- op to returning to ward.

    I had 3 CS as a private pt in a public hospital. For my first as soon as he was born he was checked, weighed wrapped and given to me to cuddle while I was stitched up. No 2 was born and by then the hospital had extra funding 3 days a week. So I got to do skin to skin in recovery. And poor no 3 had to wait til I returned to the ward.

    Generally they get you back to the ward ASAP if you can't do skin to skin in recovery.

    If you can get your husband to do it whilst waiting for you. My husband loved that he was the first to hold out son and have him all to himself whilst waiting for me.

    Good luck.

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    I think most hospitals now realize the importance of skin on skin contact after birth.

    I've been advised at both a hospital in Brisbane, and one in Hobart, that unless you have a c-section under a general, you will get the skin on skin contact. If you have to have a general, they will give the baby to the father for that skin on skin while you're in recovery.

    Definitely write in your birth plan that you would like it and they will make it a priority for you.

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    I went private and could not have bubs with me as they do not have a midwife available to care for bubs. They suggested I could sign something to release the hospital of the care of bubs while I was in recovery however however after being on the ante natal ward for 5 weeks I knew a lot of the women in recorvery were there due to d&cs and losing their babies, I didn't want to bring DD in to recover after that. I did not mind being away from DD but we were together for 1 hour in the OR before we were seperated so I was happy its a personal things I suppose. Also after the c-section I was really tired as I had lost a lot of blood and actually managed a little nap before going to see DD.

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    I had my first antenatal class on sunday, and the hospital i'm birthing at are very pro skin on skin, even after c-section. They get dad to do skin on skin whilst mum is being sewn back up, and depending how busy recovery is, they will let dad and bub be in there with you whilst he's still doing skin on skin with bubba.

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    I've had four caesareans, and each time I was told I could have bub with me in recovery only if there were enough midwives available because you need one with you at all times. The first three times this wasn't possible, and it was an incredible surprise for me when it actually happened for my fourth baby.

    It was amazing, just sublime. I even held her while they stitched me up, with DH supporting us both from behind. I'm getting teary at the thought, it was just the most beautiful experience I've ever had; I hope you get to experience it too .

    Mind you, I should add that it made no difference to our bonding, feeding, or anything like that. I do not feel that those things were any different than for my other three babies.


 

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