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I just moved to FL in Sept and I'm having my first baby ( A BOY :) ) due aug 9th, however when I went for my ultrasound yesterday, he flipped, and is now breech. Although I know he has plenty of time to flip again, my doctor and I scheduled a date for a C - Section just in case.
...I would appreciate any advice or sharing of experiences you have had at LRMC during your labor ( Did you have pain meds? Nurses friendly? Do you get your own room? ) and during a C section in case I have one. ( how many people are allowed in the room? Pictures? Can I breastfeed? ) things like this. Thanks so much!!!
I've never delivered at LRMC, but I can suggest you check out http://spinningbabies.com/. It offers a variety of resources for turning a breech baby, all of which would be preferable to having a c-section!
Hey Samantha. I had both my girls at LRMC (almost 4 - emergency and 18 months - scheduled). prior to going to the OR, they will put you in a room for monitoring, paperwork and blood work - where you can have 1 person at a time back with you. If you have an epidural your spouse (or 1 other person) is allowed in the OR with you and cameras are allowed; you will go to recovery and if you are breastfeeding (make it clear to staff - they are very pro breastfeeding) when you wake up enough they will bring the baby into you. You will have your own room and the baby will stay with you (unless he has any problems). The majority of the nurses are kind and friendly - I had only 1 each time that I didn't care for. When you are moved to your own room, I don't believe there is a limit on the number of people in the room. I like the security features at LRMC on the maternity ward as well, you sign in and out and receive a badge with locked entryways.
If for some reason you have to be put under anesthesia for your c-section, then no one is allowed back with you into the OR - the rest of the process is the same.
Let's hope that you don't have to have one and he turns back around for you. I have a high pain tolerance and had a speedy recovery (though in hindsight i should have rested more for both instead of going going going and that caused tiredness longer than necessary); but I have heard of horror stories with c sections. I don't know who your doctor is, but mine was awesome - my scars are barely noticeable and almost right onto each other making it look like 1.... GOOD LUCK and CONGRATS. oh and welcome to the site!
I work the Mother Baby Unit at LRMC. We have made some exciting new changes! Please speak to your doctor but in genral if you are awake for your operative birth your baby will be dried and checked over and then returned to your chest for skin to skin while you are in the operating room. Then you will be taken to the recovery room and your baby will remain skin to skin. Most (80% for the month of May) babies who are born via c/s nurse within the first hour after birth. After about 1 hour in the recovery room ( where your suppport person will remain with you also) you, baby and support person will be brought to mother baby to your private room. After an assesment of you and the baby you will be allowed to have visitors, a maximum of 4 (not including in this number is your support person who wears the other baby ID braclet). Your baby should be bathed in the room and all other procedures except for the pediatrician exam should be done in your room. All the nurses ( unless they are floated from another floor) should be able to help with breastfeeding. There are lactation consultants available Monday through Saturday during the day hours. One piece of advice is to try and limit visitors, ask for a sign on your door that says donot disturb, it will keep the picture people out, housekeeping, ect..while you are trying to rest. Remember you will never get these first days back, be bold about your time with your baby not being interupted. The pictures can wait, the hearing screen can wait and you can call when you need something. The hosptial in general is not a restful place. Bring your own pillows! Choose a pediatrician before you give birth and let the staff know who it is. If you plan on breastfeeding tell them that you are breastfeeding only, even if you plan on giving a bottle someday in the future. Ask for help with the nursing if it is not going well.
Every situation is different so please keep that in mind and talk too your doctor about your desires. You can tour the unit on Monday afternoons, I believe after 2 pm on the hour until 4. You can call 687 1242 and that will give you the unit secretary who can tell you exactly. Good luck! I am one of the lactation consultants there so ask for me!
I had 2 c-sections at LRMC. My first child, a son, was breech. My second child, a daughter, was breech and premature due to a placental abruption.
With my son, he was breech pretty much the whole pregnancy. Tried the upside down on an angle thing, the music, etc. My doctor didn't try to turn him because my amniotic fluid was on the lower side.
My best advice to you is to stay away from the drugs if you can. I really think that made my experience a lot worse with my first c-section. The second one was fine but I refused painkillers.
A friend of mine told me, even if you feel a little pain and pressure during the c-section, try to hold off on meds because they will mess you up so much you won't remember the birth. Wish I took her advice. Freaked out and they gave me meds. Then, I had little complications here and there, and they would give me more meds. I would have reactions to those meds and they would have to give me more meds to counteract it. A few months later I tried to take Advil for the first time after my son was born and my face swelled up. Same thing with Aleve. I am now allergic to most over the counter pain relievers.
I don't think this experience is typical, but I thought I would let you know about it. Whatever the anesthesiologist gave me an hour or so before the surgery (for nausea?) set me on a downhill path...perhaps I would have been in a better state of mind and been able to refuse drugs if I wasn't already a mess from that first medication.
My second c-section was much better. I must have refused the anesthesiologists pre-surgery drug because I don't remember getting it and I also refused pain meds. I had a lot less pain, no swelling or bruising and recovery was much better. I was able to enjoy my daughter from the moment she was born.
With my first, I remember having three or four people visiting in the room in recovery at one point, but I also remember children were not allowed in, but that was almost 10 years ago.
They were GREAT about breastfeeding. The nurses were so helpful with that, because I was so clueless! I had a hard time with it due to all the problems I was having (in hind sight I am glad I didn't exclusively breastfeed with all the drugs they gave me!) My abdomen was very bruised and I couldn't really move much, so I mostly pumped, but the nurses didn't give up on trying to get my son to latch on.