I have had 2 c sections. One as a private patient at public hospital and one in the private hospital. Both times my husband was with me through out (though at the public hospital they wouldn't let him be with me while they did the spinal/epi). Once baby was checked over (which only took a few minutes) he was placed on my chest while the surgery was finished. When they moved me to recovery my hubby held bub and once we were there I had bub back on me. Hubby was by my side the whole time.
My recovery first time round was harder as I had a PPH and required several blood transfusions. I wasn't allowed out of bed for a few days which made it more painful getting up the first time. Second time round I was up out of bed the next day and made sure to move often. It was a much quicker recovery and within 3 weeks I was back to all my normal duties including driving and lifting my toddler.
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12-07-2013 17:17 #11
12-07-2013 17:27 #12
I was separated from DP and DS for about an hour while I was getting stitched up, etc. I didn't think to discuss it with my ob before hand, I definitely will this time so it can be accommodated if possible. My DP was with me the whole time including epidural, however he went with DS afterward.
Providing there are no complications it really is best to try and get moving as soon as you can. It does help in terms of recovery time and mobility.
12-07-2013 17:41 #13
I've had 2 c-sections in the public system, both unplanned & had DH and the baby with me the whole time. It depends on the hospital & how busy they are - if they can spare a midwife to stay with you in recovery they usually will. If they are having a really busy day they may not be able to spare one so you may be separated for a few hours while you are in recovery.
It might be different for private especially with a planned c-section - surely you can request/demand a midwife be present since you're paying for it?
12-07-2013 17:43 #14
Oh should add that they do separate you from your partner while you have the anesthetic done but then your partner meets you in theatre. Not sure why?
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13-07-2013 07:46 #17
13-07-2013 07:52 #18
To be honest recovery is different for everyone- we all recovery differently on so many levels I was fine, moving furniture out of the house, dtd, felt fine within a week or two others struggled until 6 weeks. I got up straight away and made sure I stayed on top of my pain relief for first 3 days in hospital, took laxatives as I didn't want it to hurt when I did my first poop lol. I didn't get to hold my baby as she had to goto neo Nates so I got some contact then she was taken away immediately. It was all foggy! But I don't mind as she was safe, all that matters to me good luck! X
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14-07-2013 18:50 #20Senior Member
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I had a planned c/s 13 months ago. As others have suggested, it must vary from hospital to hospital because I was separated from DH for the spinal, he joined us in the operating room and then was not allowed into recovery. I was told by my midwife that they were in the process of changing the hospital policy, but unfortunately it didnt happen quickly enough for us.
I was able to have bub placed on my chest for a few minutes straight after he was born (wrapped - I think a pp mentioned that they were disappointed about not getting skin to skin straight away but I was told that the operating rooms are kept at a cold temp to keep them sterile and so the babies need to be wrapped and removed after a few minutes otherwise they can get too cold). I couldnt cuddle him because I was told not to move my arms with all the machines attached to them but he was lying right there in front of my face After about 10 minutes, bub and DH were taken from the operating room and bub was returned to me for the first feed once I was in recovery. I didnt see DH again until I was up in the ward, but I wasnt in recovery very long (about half an hour).
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