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October 10th, 2011, 03:08 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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My 34 week appt is coming up and I'm going to talk to my dr about a couple things, was just wondering if anyone else has done these during a c/s!

A- I'm going to ask if it's absolutely impossible for my husband to be with me when I get the spinal. When I was in labor with my son and got my epidural, he was the one who held me. I don't want to be with some random nurse getting it done in the OR with NO contractions to even distract me!! I know it's got to be kept sterile and everything, but I don't understand the problem seeing as how he's going to be in the room for the surgery, so why can't he just come in and sit on a chair and help me through getting the spinal, he's not going to be running around touching all the surgical instruments!

B- I'm going to ask for baby to be laid on my chest right after being born, just like she would if I was having a vaginal birth. I'm not asking for 10 minutes, just that couple minutes they give vaginal birth babies and moms...I want that too! Anyone done this?
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October 11th, 2011, 09:23 PM
Leogirl's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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With question A, my husband couldn't be in the room when they did the spinal because of liability issues. He also couldn't look over the drape or take any pictures beyond the drape. There was no video allowed at all.

With question B, I've seen them do this on tv and have heard about IRL but I didn't think to ask for it and it wasn't offered to me. I think you'd have better luck asking your Dr for this one than getting the first one.

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October 13th, 2011, 08:35 AM
nurselochia's Avatar Marathon running mom of 4
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For the first one, it depends on the anesthesiologist. We do this pretty routinely now where I work, but we didn't used to. My DH was with me with my last c/s during the spinal. Ask anesthesia when you meet with them ahead of time about this.

As for the baby, it is hard to lay them across your chest, but totally doable. I was able to have this with my kids. Just tell the nurse getting you ready that morning that you want time with the baby and want her on your chest. I also did skin-to-skin in the recovery room. It was wonderful.

Thanks Jaidynsmum!!

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October 13th, 2011, 10:16 AM
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Thank you ladies!
Mommy to Alexander, Annabella, & always missing our angel!
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October 13th, 2011, 02:04 PM
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DH wasn't with me when I got my spinal and I know there was a reason why but a lot of that day is still fuzzy to me.
Cay wife to David mom to Megan 10/01/2010 and April 7/14/2013

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October 13th, 2011, 06:13 PM
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That's really good information !
Donna - Mom to David and Asher

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October 23rd, 2011, 05:31 AM
WhoaMomma!'s Avatar Danielle
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You have the right to withhold consent for any procedure for any reason. Don't ask. Just tell them you won't consent to the spinal unless he's there. Let them figure out the logistics.

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October 24th, 2011, 08:29 PM
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I had chest to chest with Emersyn after they'd done the immediate post birth checks... it was lovely - I wish I had had the chance to do it with Gaby

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