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!