Asserting your rights in the hospital
Find a Conversation
|Sat, 04-17-2010 - 1:09pm|
I also posted this on the June 2010 board, but I thought maybe since this is a board just about c-sections, someone might have some ideas for me.
I'm planning on c-section #3. For both of my first two pregnancies and deliveries I had excellent OB care and excellent care in the hospital, but I had some issues that are minor in the grand scheme of things, but they made me mad and I hope to avoid them this time.
I was told that usually they will bring you the baby while you're in recovery and you can try to breastfeed then. It didn't happen either time. With DS they were concerned about him not being able to maintain his blood sugar. They fed him the first two times before I ever got to see him. I didn't get to hold him for nearly 4 hours. With DD I also didn't get her for nearly 4 hours. Now I don't remember exactly why. She was SGA (small for gestational age) and I don't remember if it was a blood sugar thing or a temperature thing or they were just monitoring her because of her size, but it was making me crazy.
With DS they said he needed to get formula because his blood sugar was too low. I was OK with that, but this time if I have GD again (even if I don't) I'm going to ask that any supplementation happen at the breast. With DS I was able to insist that they didn't give him any artificial nipples. I don't even mind if they bring the baby to me and have to take her back to the nursery to test her blood sugar again or whatever. I just don't want to wait 4 hours with DH going back and forth between me and the nursery and never getting to see the baby. Once they brought me the babies, I was relatively happy with the care.
I guess my main question is how do I convince them (ideally without throwing a major hissy fit) to bring me my baby if they have all these "medical" reasons to keep her in the nursery and I'm stuck in bed? I don't think it was critical for either of my other babies to stay in the nursery the entire time and this time I don't want to wait 4 hours to hold my baby.