The arrival of Lily Annabel
Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:38 AM
Luckily the midwife I found was supportive of my choice and backed me all the way.
After meeting with the obstetric team at the public hospital at 36 weeks they gave me the option of a VBAC but said my chances of success were 50:50. I started to feel panicky at the thought of going through failed labour again so an elective caesarean date was booked. It was so exciting to know when our baby was going to come and quite handy to arrange DH time off work and care for DS.
The night before the big day we dropped DS off at his Gran's for the night as we had to be at the hospital by 7:30am the next morning.
I went home and showered with the special antibacterial wash and took an antacid tablet. DH and I watched a movie and then had an early night. I woke just about every hour checking the alarm clock as our usual one (DS) wasn't home! I was scared we'd sleep in!
Got up at 5:30am and had another antibacterial shower and another antacid tablet. No breakfast for me as I had to have nothing to eat from midnight the night before.
We made our way up to the hospital and were greeted by the receptionist by name which was really nice. A midwife took us through to the recovery area where I got dressed into my hospital gown and DH into his scrubs.
The midwife took my BP, pulse etc and then asked a few standard questions. The surgeon came and introduced herself and also the anaesthetist. They both explained their procedures and I signed the consent.
About 20 minutes later I walked the 10 metres to theatre and sat on the edge of the bed for my spinal anaesthetic. It worked really fast and I was numb from the chest down very quickly. They insterted a urinary catheter and then it was all on! I felt very calm and happy.
I didn't actually realise they had started cutting and when I asked if they'd started yet they said your baby is nearly here!
A few minutes later they held up my baby girl for me to see. She had quite a lot of mucus so was taken straight over to the paediatrician for suction and a bit of c-pap oxygen. That was a shame as we'd planned skin to skin straight after she came out but of course all I cared about at that point was getting her breathing right and her lungs clear.
After about 30 minutes of being over with the paediatrician they finally brought her over to me and I got to see her properly for the first time. The surgeon had already finished stitching me up by that time!
She is the spitting image of my husband! So funny! My DS looks like me and DD looks like DH!
They then wheeled us into recovery where I was attended to my about 3 midwives. I breastfed Lily and had lovely skin to skin cuddles. We were then transferred up to the post natal ward where I had my own room.
Everything went really well and I couldn't fault the experience. It was very calm and controlled which was healing for me and DH after last time's disaster.
Lily is now 9 days old and thriving. Im fully breastfeeding after not being able to last time which is such a joy to me.
I hope this helps anyone else having an elective caesarean.
Born 31 May 3013
Weight 3210grams / 7lb 1oz.
Head circ 34cm
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Well done and welcome to Lily.
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Thank you for sharing your story too, helping me make decisions atm
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