Planning 2nd C-section; records

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Registered: 09-24-2007
Planning 2nd C-section; records
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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 1:12pm

I had my first C-section in May 2007. After going into labor naturally and progressing wonderfully, it was determined that my pelvis was too narrow for even forceps, and had an emergency C-section when my DD's heartrate dropped. I had a very rough time of it--DD was stuck in the birth canal and had to be pushed back up out of my pelvis to be delivered by a C. It was a very scary experience and I was thankful that we both made it out alive, to be honest. I then developed a fever in recovery, so both of us were put on antibiotics. Later, after being unable to pee, I found out they had punctured my bladder during surgery, so I needed a catheter until the night before we went home. Also, we discovered I was allergic to percocet, as I had a swollen lip and hives from it.

My doctor told me that I wasn't allowed to attempt another vaginal delivery and I agree. Now we're thinking about baby #2, and I have lots of questions for my doctor. One thing I wanted to do was get a copy of my medical records so I have a good understanding of what all went on (esp. regarding the fever, bladder puncture, etc.) so I know what I'm in for next time around and just for my own knowledge. One main question was what was the fever all about and how can we avoid it next time, because I wasn't allowed to have DD in the recovery room and didn't see her for like 3 or 4 hours when I was finally allowed out of recovery and into a room.

Has anyone read their records from their labor/C-section delivery? I'm wondering if I just need my surgery records or if I should get all the records for the entire hospital stay. I know it's probably up to me, but I wondered if anyone who has seen their records gleaned any good info from it or would I get more out of just chatting w/ my doctor about it?

Also, what are the important questions to ask the dr/things to consider before having a 2nd C-section?

Thanks for your input!

Karen

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Mon, 03-15-2010 - 4:48pm

You absolutely can request the records, but if you're not medically trained, some of the lingo may be confusing. If you have a close friend who is a nurse or doctor, it may be a good option to ask them to read them with you.

I think some things to discuss with your doctor is, "what is your policy on scheduling the next one?" I've discovered my son was "scheduled" too early (@ 38 weeks) which is probably why he had so much trouble at birth. They are discovering that babies need to go as close to 40 as possible. I've requested an amnio at 39 weeks to ensure baby's lungs are mature. Also, ask about the infection...if they can give you antibiotics during surgery to prevent one. Address all of your concerns you have...


Sarah
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Step-mom to Justin (11)
Mom to twins Grace and Isabelle (3)and Boyd (21months)
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Registered: 09-24-2007
Tue, 03-16-2010 - 7:55pm

Thanks for your reply and input, Sarah! I have the records release form filled out and ready to mail. My mom is a nurse, so I'm hoping she'll be able to help me out with reading them.

I've also wondered about scheduling a delivery. Since my first was an emergency C-section, I never had to wonder if the baby was ready to be born or not--she decided that for me! I will definitely ask that question...I like the idea of the baby deciding when to be born, but if that's not possible I'd like it scheduled as late as possible, like you said.

Thanks again, and I'm sure I'll be hopping back on here with more questions. :)

Karen

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Registered: 03-18-2009
Sat, 03-20-2010 - 12:21am

I have read most of my pregnancy charts but not my surgical records! It will be interesting to see if you find anything interesting in there. One of the things that you should look for is any discussion about what your post op uterus "looks like."

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