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Survey: What kinds of things were allowed during/after ?

Since I'm "lucky" (ha) enough to be having a scheduled C-section for my first baby, I'm trying to plan out as much as I can beforehand. I'm extremely scared of needles and hospitals and medical procedures, so I'm trying to see what kind of allowances I can get away with. It would be nice to know if some of these things are crazy and never allowed or if they would even be a possibility. Would love some feedback before I discuss these things with my doctor later this week. Thanks in advance!

Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

Did they allow any cameras in the OR? 

Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? 

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Re: Survey: What kinds of things were allowed during/after ?

  • My C section was unplanned, but not truly an emergency.

    My son was born in Germany, so things are different here.

    I already had the epi, and my husband was present (placed during labor)

    I didn't request music.

    Cameras were allowed

    Arms were free

    touched him after maybe 30 min?

    Nursed at about 30-45 minutes.

    I was very specific that my husband was to be with our son at all times, even if he needed to go to the NICU. No bottles, paci's, etcs. If you want to BF and do skin to skin, tell them up front so they can give baby to you as soon as possible.

    good luck!

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? Unscheduled, but not like an omgwtf kind of situation either.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? I got the epi way earlier on in my labor and I asked him to leave then.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) No. I didn't even think about it. I talked to my doctor and my husband the whole time so even if I had the option, I think I would decline music.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? Yes. My husband took photos of DD right after they took her out.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? I honestly don't remember. I think they were free.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? In recovery.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? In recovery.

     

    Good luck! I know it seems scary, but I wouldn't change anything about my labor. If we were having more, I'd totally have an RCS. My experience was about as excellent as surgery can get.

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    Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? Unplanned, but not an emergency

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? Yes

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) No, but I wouldn't have asked either

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? Yes, and they took it and took pics when DH freaked out and didn't!

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? strapped down, hence my panic attack and the necessity for happy meds

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? 5 hours later

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? I didn't nurse, but I wasn't allowed to feed her for five hours. Still bitter about that and the one above

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    Kind of scheduled... Due to reasons beyond my control, I went to the doctor on Thursday and had a c-section scheduled right then and there for the next morning. I never went into labor, but I certainly was note expecting the c-section.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

    No he was not in the room when I got the spinal. I was shaking so much a nurse had to hold me still. I was really scared, but it wasn't as bad as I thought.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    I did not listen to music, but I wouldn't have wanted to. They also didn't play any music in the OR. I've since heard that that was an anomaly, but I kind of preferred it that way.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? 

    Yes. We took PLENTY of pictures :)

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    I didn't have any arms strapped down at all -- not once the whole time.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    I was able to touch the baby after they did all of the standard procedures; I would say less than 3 minutes after he was born.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later?

    I nursed the baby in recovery. My hospital is VERY pro breastfeeding so they like for that to happen as soon as you possibly can.

  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    Scheduled- LO was breech

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

    Yes, we walked into the OR and he never left my side. Many hospitals will have you walk into the OR, get the spinal, then bring H in.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    Music was playing, but it was not my music. I want to say Rascal Flatts or something equally gag-worthy was playing Ick!

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? 

    Yes. The nurses told H when LO was almost out so he could snap a pic, then we have lots of pictures of LO and I. This is probably a question for the nurses once you get to the hospital- some hospitals have policies regarding when and where pictures can be taken and your OB may not know.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    I specifically asked to not have my arms strapped down. (The anesthesiologist is really who you would talk to about this.)

    Semi-unrelated, but then the anesthesiologist came in to talk to me beforehand, I requested the lowest dose of drugs possible to start with, and no IV pain meds or anxiety meds unless I requested it- i have a very low tolerance for meds and wanted to be as "with it" as possible.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    H brought him over about 2 minutes after he was out so I could kiss him. He stayed by my head until they were done closing me up and I could sit up enough to hold him.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? 

    In recovery- probably 20-30 minutes after he was born. ASAP!


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    Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? Scheduled

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? No, he was brought in after my spinal

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) I didn't ask, I do not remember any music being played in the OR

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? Yes, still pictures only, no video taping the surgery

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? My arms were not strapped down

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? I held DS in the OR for a minute then he went to be weighed, we delayed bathing for several hours. He and DH were back with me in recovery within 5 minutes of me being there.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? I nursed in recovery.

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    Since I'm "lucky" (ha) enough to be having a scheduled C-section for my first baby, I'm trying to plan out as much as I can beforehand. I'm extremely scared of needles and hospitals and medical procedures, so I'm trying to see what kind of allowances I can get away with. It would be nice to know if some of these things are crazy and never allowed or if they would even be a possibility. Would love some feedback before I discuss these things with my doctor later this week. Thanks in advance!

    Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?  Both were unplanned.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? He was there during my first labor when I got my epidural.  I got my spinal in the OR for my second labor and DH wasn't allowed in until I was prepped.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)  I payed no attention to music either time.  My doctor is awesome and chatted with us during both births.  We also chatted with the anesthesiologist.  Everyone made sure we were comfortable and calm and they did a great job at it.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? Yes.  I have pictures of both girls coming out.  I have so many, I could make a flipbook of each birth.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?  I was never strapped down.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?  Both girls were laid on my chest and I got to hold them and snuggle them before they were taken to my recovery room with DH.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? I nursed both girls within an hour of their births.  In recovery.  It took about 45 minutes for them to stitch me up and get me back to the room.

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    Since I'm "lucky" (ha) enough to be having a scheduled C-section for my first baby, I'm trying to plan out as much as I can beforehand. I'm extremely scared of needles and hospitals and medical procedures, so I'm trying to see what kind of allowances I can get away with. It would be nice to know if some of these things are crazy and never allowed or if they would even be a possibility. Would love some feedback before I discuss these things with my doctor later this week. Thanks in advance!

    Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    Emergency--LO heart rate dropped to 40 and wouldn't come up--less than 10 minutes later my baby had been delivered 

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

    No 

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    There was no music playing.  Just anxious doctors/nurses talking 

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? 

    I really have no idea.  I know that DH doesn't have any pictures from in the OR, but he didn't even make it into the OR until after LO was delivered. 

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    My arms were not strapped down, but I had to have them out to either side. 

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    I held the baby in recovery a little, but I was so shaky, I almost dropped her. She wasn't breathing in the OR so they took her out of the room quickly and DH went with them.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? 

    Later, as soon as we got set up in my room. 

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? All 3 c-sections (soon to be 4) have been scheduled.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? NO. He could not be in the OR with me until AFTER the spinal.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) I never asked because this doesn't matter to me.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? Yes, my DH had the camera.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? I've always had my arms strapped, and it doesn't matter to me.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? They put the baby by my face in the OR, but I'm not really "touching" or "holding" the baby until AFTER recovery.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? AFTER recovery. Honestly, I've never had a problem BFing and I've EBF 3 kids so far......

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  •  Ask your obgyn about some of these things prior to the delivery. I talked about my concerns and she made sure what I wanted that could be safely done was accomidated.  Good luck with your c-section. I had a wonderful experience and will have a repeat c-section in the future if I get pregnant.

     Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?  scheduled

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block?  yes, but he is a surgeon and worked at that hospital, I do not think it is standard procedure for them to be allowed during this. Ask your ob.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)  I would not have wanted to. I wanted to here what was going on.  I doubt you would be able to wear headphones. Anesthesia will ask how you are feeling through out the case.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR?  Yes

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?  Both arms free

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? In the OR, about 10 mins after he was pulled out. Dh had him while I was being closed.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later?  I recovered in my room, I left the OR with the baby in my arms on the bed and nursed when we got to the room. Maybe with in 45 mins of delivery.

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    Emergency due to severe pre eclampsia at 34 weeks 

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block?

    Yes my husband held me up through the whole epi 

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    I didn't ask, not sure how this one would go

     Did they allow any cameras in the OR?

    Yes DH took pictures of the whole procedure, I mean the WHOLE thing, things I didn't want to see after!

     Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    I had both strapped down, they let one up so I could touch DD

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later?

    I touched DD in OR, then she was in NICU for 4 days due to being born at 34 weeks.

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  • I want to add that I never wanted a C-section and was so scared of the epi.

    The epi was painless and the c-section was great, recovery was so fast and I was up and around the same day. I know it is not ideal but once it is over Im sure you will think it was a breeze to!

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    Scheduled

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

    He was in another room, they told him to wait outside.  I don't know what they would have said if I asked for him to be there. 

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    Not sure, didn't ask

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR?

    Yep, DH had my camera and I held on to my Iphone the whole time.  The nurses were laughing at me. 

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    My arms were free. 

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    They took him out, showed him to me and then took him over to the table to clean him up, get his vitals, APGARs, etc.  He had gotten stuck and it took them a lot longer to get him out than it should have, so they had to work on him a little bit.   They stitched me up (maybe about 20 minutes) and then rolled me into recovery where they handed him over to me and tried to get me to nurse him. It all seemed so fast, but in all honesty, it was probably more like 20-30 minutes before I held him, plus, I was pretty drugged up so I don't remember everything exactly.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? 

    Recovery, see above.

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    All three were scheduled.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

    No for all three.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    No, but for my youngest daughter I was happy with the music that was playing... Beethoven's 5th.  

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? 

    Yes for all three, a still camera, but you couldn't take pictures until the baby was out.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    Free for all three.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    As soon as they figured out they were ok they let me touch them for all three.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later?

    First two were in recovery.  The third was over 2 hours later.  That will NOT be happening again this time if I have anything to say about it.

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  • I've had 2. First was unplanned, second was planned. With the first, my husband was there when my epi was placed, during labor. With my second, he was asked to wait outside the door of the OR, while they placed my spinal. With my first there was no music in the OR. With my second I was asked if I wanted it. Neither time were my arms strapped. I held both babies, with DH's help, in the OR and nursed as soon as we were in recovery. Also, my husband was allowed to stand up to watch baby come out and cut the cord both times so if your DH wants to you can ask about that as well.
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    Since I'm "lucky" (ha) enough to be having a scheduled C-section for my first baby, I'm trying to plan out as much as I can beforehand. I'm extremely scared of needles and hospitals and medical procedures, so I'm trying to see what kind of allowances I can get away with. It would be nice to know if some of these things are crazy and never allowed or if they would even be a possibility. Would love some feedback before I discuss these things with my doctor later this week. Thanks in advance!

    Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    Not really an emergency, but had it after pushing for just under 4 hrs. 

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

    No. 

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    IDK, I was so exhausted and out of it that I didn't give a hoot what if any music was playing. 

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR?

    My DH took a pic of DD on the warmer with his phone 

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    My arms were free 

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    After she was wrapped up, DH brought her over to me.  They stayed there while I was closed up. 

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? 

    Recovery 

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?scheduled Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? no Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)yes Did they allow any cameras in the OR? yes Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?no strap.  both hands free How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?second day How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? later 
  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? Unscheduled, but not emergency.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block?   Yes.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) I wouldn't have wanted to.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR?  No.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? I don't remember.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? In recovery, an hour later.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? In recovery, an hour later.

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? It wasn't scheduled but it wasn't emergency. I was in the hospital for an NST and they found I was in labor at 36weeks.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? No, he came in right after.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) I didn't ask.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? We weren't planning on having a baby that day, so all we had were our iphones. They didn't have any problems with my husband taking pictures with that.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? Neither of my arms were strapped down.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? In the OR

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? We tried in recovery.

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    Scheduled

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

    He was not allowed to be in the room for that.  He's afraid of needles, so given the option, he would have stayed outside anyways :)

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    I'm not sure, I didn't ask or really want to.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? 

    Definitely cameras in the OR.  Our anesthesiologist took pictures of my husband w/ the baby on the way to the warmer.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    My arms were free, from what I remember.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    I got to see him right after they cleaned him up & did the standard stuff - probably 5-10 min.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later?

    I nursed later.  I saw him for about 2 min. because he had breathing difficulties & was brought to special care.  After I was done w/ recovery, they brought me to special care and that's where I tried to nurse him, but he couldn't keep his oxygen up.  Once he was cleared to be off oxygen, he nursed, and it was fine.

     

    I will definitely have a RCS, it was a super easy recovery for me.  I guess I can't speak for everyone, but it's not as scary as it sounds or people (who have never had one) make it out to be.

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    Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? Emergency this time will be scheduled

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? DH was kicked out for my epidural

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) I didn't ask it wasn't something I wanted or cared about.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? We had our camera and video camera. The anesthesiologist took pictures with my camera while DH controlled the video camera. We had our first family photo while I was on the OR table.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? Both of my arms were free. I held DD within a few min after she was born.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? DH brought her to me after they suctioned her. I held her while still lying on the table and they took our picture. After that she was brought back to me in recovery. About a 30 min lapse.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? She was taken to the nursery while I was stitched up and moved to recovery. I was then in recovery for a little bit before they brought her back. About a total of 30 min and then she was given to me and we BF'd right then and there. No issues.

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? sort of an emergency--DD's heart rate dropped after I got the epidural (for external cephalic version at 39 weeks)

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? yes

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) don't know, didn't ask. i don't think any music was playing.  I remember my doctor and the anesthesiologist talking to me most of the time

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? I think so. I am pretty sure DH took some pics on his phone as soon as DD was born

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? both my arms were free

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? in the OR

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later in recovery
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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? scheduled

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? no, he was brought in right afterwards

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) I didn't ask, so I have no idea.  It wasn't important to me.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? we were allowed to bring in the camera, but no videography was allowed.  And DH wasn't allowed to take pictures of the actual procedure, just of the baby right after he was born.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? neither of my arms were strapped down - DH held one hand, and the anesthesiologist was holding the other (the arm with the BP monitor, etc, on it)

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?  I was able to touch the baby in the OR, and would have been allowed to hold him while they were stitching me up, except they were concerned about his breathing

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? in recovery, once they were confident he was breathing well on his own - about 1.5-2 hours after the surgery. 


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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    Neither - unplanned but not emergency.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block?

    Yes. But they did it in my room during labor. If I was scheduled, he wouldn't have been allowed into the OR while they did it.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    I don't know, didn't ask. I was not interested in music after 23 hours of labor and 4 hours of pushing.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR?

    Yes.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    Both free.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    They brought her to me in the OR for a kiss. Then she went to recovery with DH. I was there within a half hour and got to hold her then.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later?

    In recovery about a half hour after birth.

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    It wasn't an emergency, but it wasn't planned until the night before. DS's growth US the 5 weeks before my DD were showing him to be a huge baby, and I am not a big girl. I wasn't making any progress, and with the last growth US he had reached the "optional c-section" size so I went with it. They called me that night after the US and told me to show up to the hospital at 5 am the next morning.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

    He was asked to wait in the hall, I am not sure if they would've allowed him if we had asked, but I didn't care either way.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    I have no idea if it would've been allowed, but that was not something I was interested in.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? 

    Yes, they tell my husband pictures only, no video. We have video. Wink

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    My arms were strapped down.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    DH brought him over for me to kiss him once he was cleaned off.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later?

    Later. They gave me medicine before my CS for my itchy belly. We had arrived at the hospital at 5 am, and due to an emergency CS, mine was pushed back a couple hours, I was literally crying and ripping skin off from scratching so much. Because of that medication, the pain meds did not help, and I was given the max dosage of at least 3 different pain killers. I didn't even want to hold my child because I was in so much pain. I did hold him for a little while, but I don't think I nursed him until at least a couple hours later.

    ^^ I only went into so much detail in case anyone has the same issue. I wish I would've declined the medication for the itching, because by the time I was able to go to my PP room, I was so stoned my eyes were rolling back in my head from all the pain meds. I don't remember a lot from that first day TBH. 

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  • I had mine done in Spain and they do things very differently

    Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? Unexpected as the baby was oblique and back to back. After 8 hrs of labour he hadn?t decended so a C/S was the only way out for him

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? No he wasnt allowed to be there for the epidural and that really upset me. I was in so much pain that I really needed him with me. He was not allowed to be present during the csection either. That came as such a shock. I could not believe that I had to go thru it all alone and for the first time during it all I started crying.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) No music of any sort was not allowed.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? No cameras were allowed.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? Both arms were strapped down

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? I was shown our son just after delivery but did not get to hold him till over 6hrs later even tho there were no health problems with him.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? I had no idea how to nurse and didn?t get any help till the next day after delivery. But I did try as soon as I got to hold him.


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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency?

    DD1 was emergency. DS and DD2 were scheduled.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? 

    No. Boo.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?)

    I never even thought to ask!

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? 

    Yes. I was told no video, but we got photos. They even took a few for us while we held the kids.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free?

    With DD1, I had them strapped down. Then with DS and DD2, I had a birth plan where I asked to NOT have them strapped, and they obliged, but I did have to keep them down during the surgery.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later?

    I think I touched DD1 when I was leaving recovery (she went straight to the NICU). I held her at 16 hours old.

    I held DS and DD2 right after they were born, for a minute or so each, while my arms were free during the c/s.

    They both then went to the NICU, and I held DS next at 2 days old, and DD2 at 3 days old.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later?

    I don't even remember when exactly I tried nursing DD1. Sometime on day 2? She was on a glucose IV and not eating.

    I never nursed the other kids, but I fed them formula on day 2, I think (for DS) and on day 4 (?, for DD2). All these days get mixed up in my mind. I can look up the dates from photos, but my point is, it was a few days after birth, not the same day. They all had trouble and were in the NICU (on CPAP, on glucose IV, etc) so they didn't eat from a bottle until later.

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    Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? Scheduled at my 40 week appt since baby was too big/pelvis was too small

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? No- they brought me in to the OR and did the spinal while DH suited up and then he came in with the doctor.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) There was nothing played in the OR. I actually liked being able to hear the doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologist as they were telling me what was happening and what to expect (pressure, when they were getting ready to pull him out, etc.)

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? A Regular camera was allowed but a video camera was not.

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? Neither of my arms were strapped down. That is standard at the hospital I delivered at

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? I was able to touch and kiss baby within minutes. Once they had him suctioned out, cord was cut, and he wrapped up DH brought him over to me. I was not able to hold baby until I was in my room. About 45 minutes after surgery ended.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? Once I was in my room after 30 minutes in recovery they brought DS in for me to hold and nurse.  

    At my hospital DH and DS stayed in the OR with me until they were just about done stitching and stapling me up. Then we parted ways for 30 minutes for me to go to recovery to be monitored and DS and DH went to the nursery for them to do all the required things for the baby (measurements, and all that stuff). When I was brought into my room DH was waiting and we called and had DS brought from the nursery to me so I could hold him and nurse.

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  • Was your C-section scheduled or emergency? Scheduled, but only a few days before. I didn't have a whole lot of time to (mentally) prepare.

    Was your husband allowed to be there when you got your epi or spinal block? No, I think it's really unusual for SOs to be present for them. The nurse hugged me and kept my head in her chest during that time.

    Were you allowed to listen to music (either via headphones or have any voice in what was played in the OR?) Not sure, didn't ask and wasn't particularly interested in it.

    Did they allow any cameras in the OR? At my hospital they allow cameras, but you can't take pictures / video the procedure itself. DH began taking pictures once they held LO above the drape. 

    Did they require both arms to be strapped down or perhaps would they let you leave one free? Neither of my arms were strapped down. I would have lost my shiit if I couldn't move.

    How soon did you touch the baby? In the OR , in recovery, later? DH held LO up to me in the OR so I could touch her, but I didn't actually hold her until I was in recovery and had stopped shaking.

    How soon did you nurse the baby? In the OR, in recovery, later? Recovery, though it was pretty unsuccessful. Successful nursing started in my actual suite in the hospital.

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