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|Wed, 09-29-2010 - 3:20pm|
When I had my daughter prematurely by emergency c-section in 2007, they put me under general anesthesia. (We knew before hand that they couldn't touch my spine for health reasons, so we had been planning on an all natural birth, but things didn't go as planned.)
I am now pregnant with my second and know that I will have to have a c section again, though hopefully not an emergency one this time :) I will have to go under general anesthesia again, and it makes me sad becuase I feel like I missed my daughter's birth and will miss this baby's first moments, too. I don't even know how long I was out last time, I get conflicting reports, but I do know I missed quite a bit of time with my daughter before I finally got to see her in the NICU. I'm also upset because my husband couldn't/can't be in the room with us for the birth. I rememer anticipating hearing that first cry, holding my newborn for the first time, my husband cutting the cord, nursing immediately, etc. The first birth was such an emergency situation that I didn't even have time to think about it, but now I'm struggling with the fact that I probably won't be able to do these things again (or with any other children I have, for that matter).
I'm looking for input from others who have had general anesthesia. Have you had similar feelings? How did you handle them? Also, any advice on the logistics of a c section done under general anesthesia? Birth plan? Anything I should think about or talk to the doctor about? I know I've done this before, but it was so shocking that it's pretty much a blur.