advice for birth plan with repeat cs

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Registered: 04-08-2003
advice for birth plan with repeat cs
Tue, 07-01-2003 - 9:08pm
I am wondering if anyone has suggestions for the birth plan when planning a repeat c-section.

I had a cs w/ DD because her heart rate went down when they were doing the "test" to see how she would tolerate labor before they induced. So, I never even started labor, and I'm not sure how it would go for me if I tried vbac. We decided to go woth the CS because it just sounded safer for baby in the long run. And I didn't want to try VBAC then have to do emergency c-sect.

There were some things I didn't like about the CS experience before that I don't know if I can change or not. For example, I just got a glimpse of the baby, and couldn't touch her, being strapped down. Then, my DH got to take her to introduce her to the family while I was lying there getting stitched up. That, I think we can handle--family will stay out until I'm in recovery and we bring older child in first.

But, I was just wondering if there are some suggestions for making the c-section experience as positive as possible from start to finish. Last time I was so upset to hear I had to have a CS that I didn't have time to think of how to make anything more positive. Of course, the most important thing was having my DD, and I plan to focus on that with this one, but would appreciate any ideas to make it as smooth as possible.


Kim, cs sched. for 7/21

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Registered: 07-04-2003
Fri, 07-04-2003 - 10:24pm
I had repeat cs in January. The only thing I focused on was how would my older son react to the baby, so we waited until my IV was out, before my son came up to the hospital. We thought it would be less traumatic for him. How old is your child now? Good luck to you.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-16-2003 - 11:57am
I will be writing a birth plan for my repeat cs and basically I am just going to think back to things I didn't like and do my best make sure those same things don't happen this time. For instance - my catheter was left in for what I thought was too long (2 days). I ended up over-extending my bladder because of it and had months of bladder problems to deal with. I'll be asking them to take out my catheter ASAP this time...hate those things anyway. So, stuff like that....might not work but at least I'll feel like I tried to make it as enjoyable as possible. Good luck to you! Melisa EDD 2/2/04