Caesarean Births

If you are scheduled to have a Caesarean birth, you will be admitted to the labor unit the morning of the surgery. A labor nurse will help you prepare. Your pre-operative teaching and blood test will be completed the day before in the Antenatal Evaluation and Treatment Unit. At this time you will also meet with an anesthesiologist to discuss the anesthetic plan that will be followed during the procedure. A spinal anesthetic is administered most often. Morphine placed with the spinal provides long-lasting pain relief, usually 18 to 24 hours.

We are happy to have your partner stay with you during the birth to offer encouragement and support.

After the birth, you will be observed in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for approximately two hours. Your baby is evaluated and cared for at a warming unit in the OR. As soon as it is determined that your baby is transitioning well, he or she will be brought to you and your partner for bonding. Your baby may be placed skin to skin in the OR or upon entering the recovery room. If your baby is showing cues to feed the nurses will help you with that.

Photographs and Videotaping
We allow your support person to take pictures, however, we reserve the right to prohibit photography and videotaping at any time a physician, midwife, or nurse believes it creates interference or is inappropriate. We appreciate your cooperation.

Recovery after Caesarean Birth
Once your observation period in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit is over, you can transfer to the postpartum unit, where your support person can stay with you. Throughout your stay, your nurse will monitor your recovery, provide you with pain medication, as you need it, and assist you in feeding and caring for your infant.

Postpartum Medication
After delivery, you will be provided with a self-medication kit containing a group of medicines ordered by your doctor or midwife which you can take as needed. These medications are safe to use if you are breastfeeding. Please tell your doctor and nurse of any medication allergies or other drug sensitivities you may have.

Your doctor may also order additional medications, which will be administered by your nurse. Your nurse will help answer any questions you may have, and you should let him or her know if they are not having the desired effect.

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