That’s right–cesarean section.
Having had a previous cesarean, I definitely have some preferences based on that experience. I also know that if I am having a c section, chances are it is for a really good reason and there isn’t a whole lot of wiggle room for nurses and doctors to accommodate my wishes. Not to mention, even if the nurse caring for me reads my birth preferences for cesarean section, most likely there will not be time or opportunity for her to communicate a long list of desires to the surgeon, pediatrician, anesthesiologist and the team of surgical nurses and pediatric nurses. There are a lot of people involved with a c section.
Keeping that in mind, we kept things short and sweet.
Cesarean Birth Preferences
So, here is a brief overview of some preferences that may save you from having to ask or assume. We get that there is a large number of people involved in a cesarean birth. We don’t expect you to be able to communicate everything to everyone simultaneously. But, please pass along #2 for us to the anesthesiologist if you can.
- We are all about informed consent for our entire stay. If a decision needs to be made, please ask us both. Wake me (mom) up if I am sleeping.
- I (mom) have been through a C-section previously, and I want to be as alert as possible. Keep the drugs to numbing only; I don’t need anything for anxiety or to calm me. Previous c-section, I shook uncontrollably and the drugs made me want to vomit. Ask the anesthesiologist to have a cool rag handy for my head. It helped prevent the vomiting last time.
- We want skin-to-skin contact as soon as possible.
- We want our son in the recovery room with us as long as he has been declared good to go.
- No bottles.
- No pacifier.
Thank you so very much for all your hard work in caring for us while we are with you. We greatly appreciate every effort you make on our behalf!