Tuesday Talk: Did you get special treatment...

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Tuesday Talk: Did you get special treatment...
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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 9:55am
For having a c-section? Do you think the hospital staff, family, and friends were more sympathetic to your recovery process since you had a c-section? Were they more willing to jump in and help you out, and did you feel like you needed that?
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Registered: 01-19-2008
Wed, 02-08-2012 - 11:12am
Kwitty,

Welcome and thanks for joining in the conversation!!
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Registered: 01-07-2010
Wed, 02-08-2012 - 9:34am

Hi ladies, just found your board so I thought I would stop by. I don't think I got "special" treatment for having a csection, I think I had more special treatment because I had severe preeclampsia and I was pretty out of it for quite a while after delivery. Everyone was great at my hospital though and took excellent care of me and my baby girl :)

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Wed, 02-08-2012 - 9:14am
Manda,

I think you are right that especially going the midwife route, they should have taken in to consideration your mental well being after a c-section as well. They did know how much a natural delivery meant to you because THAT is the kind of patients they receive.

Even my doctor spends time in the PP check-up reviewing my mental well being, but mainly from a PPD viewpoint.

I'm sorry that they downplayed your emotions, and you had to struggle through all of that alone!!
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Registered: 03-31-2003
Sun, 02-05-2012 - 7:27pm
I absolutely needed extra support, both physically and emotionally. From medical people, I didn't really feel like I.was getting any extra support, except that nurse who always had my pain pills in her pocket when she came to check my vitals every four hrs. She was my favorite person in that hospital! There was one nurse in the NICU who put in extra time helping me breastfeed but that was baby-related, not cs-related. At home my DH was sooo amazing with taking care of both me and the baby. I think he would have done it anyway, but was extra vigilant with my physical needs. My mom was helpful for the days I was in the hospital, then over the phone once she left when we were discharged. I do wish I would have had more emotional support, both at the hospital and at my follow up appts. They just kept saying things like a healthy baby is all that matters but I was really worried about my own well-being but felt selfish for feeling that way. I knew my baby was fine, but I didn't think I was fine and I felt that I should be held equally as important. I felt broken in so many ways. Looking back, my mws should have addressed it, especially since I planned a natural unmedicated birth and ended w an emergency section.

Manda :)

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 3:31pm
If I got any special treatment at all it was mainly because I didn't find out the gender until birth, and with having 3 boys already, everyone (nurses included) were all excited to find out what the baby was!

But, I did feel as cared for in my c-section as I did with the vaginal deliveries. I know they gave special care to watch my PP bleeding due to my hemorrhage issues from previous deliveries.

Family, particularly my dh, did seem more helpful after this delivery than my others. People were much more willing to help out if I asked, which was good. But, I did much better than I expected afterwards, so I did feel up doing a lot myself.
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Registered: 07-21-1998
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 2:13pm

They were a nice hospital staff, but I don't think I was treated 'special'.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 10:32am
With my first, I was given a private room because I had a c-section. With my second, I know I got some preferential treatment because my son was a preemie, and maybe the fact that I had pre-eclampsia. But I don't think it was the c-section. In my observation everyone at that hospital has been really nice and considerate in all sorts of situations.




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