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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 will be monitored in the delivery room and the PACU. If your baby's vital signs are stable, he or she may visit with you for a short time in the PACU. You and your partner can hold your newborn and begin to feed your baby.
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Recovery after Caesarean Birth
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.