Post # 1
So i went to my 36 weeks appointment yesterday. Our little guy is completely breech. His fluid was also on the low side of normal. So we return on Monday to check fluid levels, if it has dropped any then we will have a c section monday evening. I was in such shock when i left the doctors office, i feel a mix of emotions, this is not what what i wanted at ALL. I wanted a med free brith and for him to come when he was ready. My ob also said that the external turning method would not work due to the placentas location and the fact that he is head up directly under my breast bone, legs folded up towards his nose.
I am very scared, can anyone that has a c-section give me some pointers? I am also worried about breast feeding, will that be as easy since i wont actually go through all the birthing process? When will i get to hold him afterwards?
I read tons of books but nothing really about c-sections. What matters is that he gets here safely so i am following my doctors recommendations but i am just so worried because i have no idea what to expect.
Post # 3
I didn’t have a c-section so I can’t help you there, but I did just have a baby so I know nothing goes as planned! You just have to be flexible and go with the flow, even though it’s harder said than done. I did skin on skin after for a little over an hour, she latched on, breastfed all in the hospital, and we still ended up having problems and I stopped after a week. Meanwhile I have two friends who had c-sections and had no issues breastfeeding. So you just never know.
Post # 4
Sorry to hear things arent going as planned… is there any chance that the baby would have turned by next week? I guess all you can do now is pray for the best, even if it doesnt go the way you wanted it as long as the baby comes out fine I’m sure you will be happy either way. all the best!!
Post # 5
I’ve had a couple friends that this happened to – and they actually preferred their c-section to their other (natural/vaginal) births. They said it was quick, painless, and most importantly, the baby arrived without any complications/totally healthy and beautiful.
Our son is due in December and though I’m planning on a natural (perhaps epidural assisted, if I feel like I can’t take it – who knows, I’ve never done this before) but I do realize that a c-section could be necessary and if it is, that’s it. I think of my friends that have had wonderful c-sections and their gorgeous babies and know that it will be okay, even if it’s not what I’m hoping for.
You’ll do great!
Post # 6
Sorry in advance that this does not really answer your original questions, but I am curious: have you tried any of the positioning techniques to get the baby to turn on his own? The Spinning Babies website has some suggested positions. I have no C-section experience, but I think some hospitals will let you do a vaginal delivery with a breach baby depending on the exact position.
And I’m not sure if drinking liquids can help get your fluids up, but if you can get a few more weeks, maybe there is time for him to turn on his own.
Post # 7
If I remember correctly didn’t KellyV have a c-section and I think she is Boyfriend or Best Friend Liv, even though she didn’t plan to.
Edit: Sorry I meant to first say that I understand how you could be upset, but you have to keep your mind on just having a healthy baby, no matter how he/she comes into the world! 🙂 In a few weeks, you won’t forget, but your mind will be on other more important things! 🙂
Post # 8
That totally sucks, and I’m really sorry that things aren’t going as you hoped/planned. From my experience, unless the baby isn’t doing well (and that’s almost never the case), the baby is in your arms on the ride to the PACU from the OR (~30 minutes after the delivery), and at least at my hospital, we heavily encourage breastfeeding in the first hour, and will often leave you alone to have some bonding time even though you’re immediately post-op. I know it’s scary and not ideal, but if you do have to have a C-section, it can still be a great experience. You can see the baby as soon as it’s out (we usually hold the baby up over the curtain for both parents to see), Dad can still cut the cord, and in the same time it (sometimes) takes to deliver the placenta and repair a tear, you can finish the operation and still be a happy little family in recovery. It’ll be okay. Good luck!
Post # 9
Just had a c-section that wasn’t planned on (emergency after him getting stuck under pelvic bone) and they are totally ok. First week post sucks but I’m almost 10 days out and feeling good. Not normal but good.
I would talk to your doctor/midwife for some info on how planned/scheduled ones god since at least at our hospital if I have more kids it’s something like check in at 6:30am, surgery at like 7:15, baby there after. Really painless (pun intented).
I’ve realized that birth plans are for your own peace of mind. They mean NOTHING once you get to the point of getting the kiddo out. Breathe and go with the flow. They have your best interest in mind.
Post # 10
Hiiiii! First off, I’m sorry your plans took a 180, that is tough. And DChokieBride is right. I had a csection and I now exclusively Boyfriend or Best Friend Liv. Search my post history and you’ll find my birth story for her. PM me and I’ll fill you in on the Boyfriend or Best Friend specifics. I promise you, a csection isn’t as bad as people make it out to be, especially if you don’t have to endure labor first. I felt almost totally normal by about 3 weeks postpartum, and 100% by week 6. My milk came in 2 days later (with a vengeance, holy hell my boobs were huge lol) and I had no issues holding her in position to feed. But pm me and I’ll give you my email address and get you more info! I’ll go look up the link to my birth story now for you
Post # 11