Why You Should Have a Birth Plan Even with a C-Section

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Why You Should Have a Birth Plan Even with a C-Section

There are multiple reasons why a woman may have a cesarean birth. It could be planned (either by medical necessity or by preference/choice) or unplanned (an emergency situation). If you prefer to have your baby via c-section rather than vaginally, you will have time to plan it out and become prepared for the big day. If your baby is breech or if you have placenta previa, you will have a few days maybe a week or two to mentally prepare. But if an emergency happens, like placental abruption or cord prolapse, you won’t have the time to plan and prepare at all. If you’re anything like me, I always like to be prepared no matter what situation may occur. This is why I think every expecting mama should take the time to review what might happen during her birth, understand what her options are every step of the way, and decide what she would prefer to happen, before, during and after the operation.

Once you learn and understand more about what you can expect as well as what your options are, you will probably have preferences on what occurs. It’s always easier to tell your medical team to ignore certain aspects of your birth plan (if you are able to have a vaginal birth) rather than to be making on the spot decisions about what you want to happen as you go along. This is why it’s a good idea to have a cesarean plan on your birth plan.

So if you’re wanting to become more prepared for a cesarean birth, whether it be planned or unplanned, here are a few things to think about when you’re deciding what kind of experience you want.

Before Surgery

Pain relief

  • Do you want a regional anesthetic, (like an epidural or spinal) which numbs your belly and legs and means you can stay awake for the operation? (This is usually womens’ first choice.)
  • Do you want to have a general anesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the operation?
  • Do you even have a choice in the matter of what type of pain relief you can receive during a c-section? Certain health conditions can make regional anesthetics more risky for the mother. These conditions include:
    • Bleeding disorders
    • Blood clotting disorders
    • Blood infections
    • Skin infection on the lower back
    • Neurological problems
    • Severe scoliosis
    • Severe preeclampsia
    • Cardiac disease, such as aortic stenosis or hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy

    For mothers with one or more of these conditions, a general anesthetic may be preferable.

  • Are you okay with the medical staff using sedatives or tranquilizers to be added to your anesthesia if necessary? Would you want to be asked or (if you are incapacitated) your partner to be asked for permission/consent before administering?

Birth Partner

  • If you have a regional anesthetic, your partner should be able to join you once they are ready to begin the operation (not during the prep) and he/she should be able to stay with you to the end of the operation. Do you want your partner in the room with you or a family member or a doula?
  • If you are under general anesthetic, the obstetrician probably will not allow your partner into the operating room. (Be sure to ask your doctor though.) If your doctor says no, ask if your partner can be just outside the O.R. door so he/she can hold your baby as soon as possible, if that’s important to you.

Other People in the Room

  • Are you okay with any students, interns, etc. watching or participating during your c-section? Sometimes they will assist and even perform the entire operation. This is why you should be aware and ask your doctor and let him/her know your preferences.
  • Would you want your doula or a birth photographer to join you during the operation and post-birth?

Ambiance

  • Do you want a running commentary from the medical staff about how your operation is going?
  • Do you want music playing in the background to relax you and take your mind off the operation?
  • Do you want the staff and the operating team to be quiet so that the first voice your baby hears is yours or your partner’s voice?

Other

  • A lot of doctors routinely tie down both of your arms to make sure they are controlled and do not touch the sterilized drape or knock down the screen. Are you okay with that? Do you prefer one arm to be untied so you can hold your baby or do you prefer both to be free?
  • Do you want warm blankets during your surgery?

 

During Surgery

The Birth

  • Do you want the screen to be lowered a bit or have a mirror provided so that you can see your baby being born are see your baby immediately after birth?
  • Do you want the screen to be kept raised until your incision is sewn up?
  • Do you want someone to take photos or video once your baby is born?

Immediate Post-Birth

  • Do you want to discover the sex of your baby for yourself (not have the medical staff say), or to be told by the medical team? (Some of my clients like to see the baby be raised and have the partner announce the gender.)
  • Would you like to have immediate skin-to-skin contact with your baby, or would you like to wait for your baby to be cleaned/ wiped down before you cuddle?
    • If you want immediate skin-to-skin, APGAR testing can be performed while the baby is on your chest.
  • Do you want to breastfeed your baby as soon as you can, or do you want to wait until you are in your recovery room or postpartum room, or would you prefer your partner to bottle feed your baby while you recover?
  • Would you like for the nurse to put your baby’s footprints inside a baby book that you provide?
  • Do you want your baby to remain on your chest or in your arms throughout suturing, recovery, etc.?
  • Would you like for them to repair your uterus and use dissolvable stitches and steri strips or dermabond as opposed to staples?

After Surgery

  • Once you are in your recovery room or in your postpartum room, do you want to have your baby with you or your partner at all times or would you like for the baby to go to the nursery?
  • Do you want your partner to stay with you if your baby is admitted to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) or do you want your doula or family member to stay with you?
  • Would you like to breastfeed on demand and have help doing so (by seeing an on staff lactation consultant), or would you like to have help with formula feeding?
  • Are you okay with the nursing staff to give your baby a pacifier or supplement your baby with formula while you sleep? (If you do not want to be woken up.)
  • If you were under general anesthesia, who would you like to introduce your baby to you? Your partner, your mother, your doctor, your nurse?
  • Do you want to give your baby its first bath? (Obviously with assistance during the process.)
  • Sometimes mothers have to request their oral post-op medication while they are at the hospital. Would you like your orders to be written for you and to be woken up for timely doses or would you rather have them wait for your request?
  • Do you want to be given a binder to wear for abdominal support? (I highly recommend it!)
  • Would you prefer your partner to stay with the baby at all times if you can’t be there?
  • Do you want the pediatric exams to be done in your room or in the nursery?

I hope these questions brought to light some of the things that you may want to consider and specify during your c-section (if you have one). Be sure to check out my birth plan post and print out my birth plan template, which also has a c-section plan and NICU plan on it.

Happy prepping!

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t st And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t storm. 😒⁠
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"Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive "Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive to advice, I will never claim to know it all. But, sometimes a mama just needs to vent. It can be very exhausting as a mom when you open up about a challenge you're facing and then receive an overwhelming list of different things to do or try to 'fix it'. Especially when you've already tried it all or heard it all. Sometimes all a mama needs is an ear to listen and to know they aren't alone. Google can offer a list of possible solutions, Google definitely can't offer the nod of understanding that a friend can. ❤️"⁠
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And even now more than ever, we all are just trying to survive and do our best. Let's support one another as we all navigate these uncharted territories . . . together apart.⁠ ❤️
📷: @taylormade_mama
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👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learni 👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learning Space 🔡⁠
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A homeschooling mom is sharing her great tips on how to create a good learning environment for your child in your home. 🏡 She recommends that before you create a learning space, get to know HOW (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) your child learns and what he or she is passionate about. You don't need to re-create school at home. Your child's learning space needs to be unique to how they best learn. This is a whole new kind of education. And the journey is truly an adventure. ❤️⁠
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Her tips are gold! 💰 {Click 🔗 in bio to read them!}⁠
Article by: Jennifer Hill Robenalt⁠
📷: @courtney.tracy⁠
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"Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀ "Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀️ I once sat in a class where teenage girls said they needed to learn how to cook, do laundry, and clean if they wanted to one day be good moms.

I stopped and told them that cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning are part of being an ADULT. Those are not the things that make up motherhood.

But I get where they got that conclusion.

You always hear women say they aren't good moms when they don't make homemade lunches, prepare cupcakes for the bake sale, show up to the doctor with kids who have brushed hair, or get the laundry put away in a decent time. 'I'm such a bad mom. I sent store-bought Valentines to school with my kid.' 'Mom fail. I didn't get the laundry done.' 'I'm a failure as a mom. I don't make homemade bread/cookies/whatever.' NO.

Your 'success' as a mother is not defined by domestic duties. Domestic duties are part of being an adult.

While your children do need to be changed and fed, that's not the summation of MOTHERHOOD. Anyone can change and feed children, including dads. You can hire someone to clean your house and feed your kids, and you'll still be a mom.

And if you weren't a mom, you'd still have to clean your house, cook food, and do laundry.

You're not a bad mom because you didn't do laundry in time. Let's stop combining domestic duties with motherhood, because they just aren't the same. Yes, moms do domestic things. And they raise children. These are two separate things.

Your housekeeping is not your motherhood, and you're giving away power when you combine the two and judge one against the other.

You are a good mom because you love your child, and you try to help them learn the things they need to learn. You worry about your kids, you spend time with them, you plan for their future, and so much more.

You might be terrible at domestic duties (I don't know) or you might be the best housekeeper in the world. But neither end of the spectrum--or anything in between--determines if you're a good mom or not.

Housekeeping is NOT motherhood."
Words & 📷: @pauseandconnect
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And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and i And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Providing for my family, raising a healthy and well-rounded child, taking care of the house, the pets, nurturing my relationship with my partner. The weight is heavy, but at the same time, I am so grateful for what I have and to be a mom. ❤️⁠
📷: @babysleep_answers⁠
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FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We are NOT okay. 🤪🙈
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How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 of quarantine. 😑⚔️💀😂⁠
📷: @thedecentmother⁠
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God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) out there! 🙏⁠ Our hearts are with you all during this time. 💕
📷: @thegingypants⁠
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DISCLAIMER: This is a USED expired PPE from @thegingypants basement. (She is an RN.) Please consider donating any UNUSED MASKS to your area hospitals who are in dire need. 💕
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My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠ 📷 My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠
📷: @macaroniandmomjeans⁠
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"30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-secti "30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section... not what we planned but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool's errand. All that mattered was that he got here safely. Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are. Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that's eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene. All we hear are monitors beeping and the coos of our infant son. Maybe the sound of the 100th episode of The Office @ryanhurd and I have binged while in here. The admiration we have for the doctors, nurses + healthcare professionals that took care of Hayes & me during our stay cannot be measured in this post. They risked their health every day to make sure ours was okay. I can't think of anything more selfless than that. Ultimately, I can't thank every single mother enough for going through what you've gone through because I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I'm a measly 4 days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I. That's been a peaceful thing to cling to during these uncertain times. Thinking of you all. 🖤" - @marenmorris and her birth to her son Hayes Andrew Hurd 💕⁠
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Congratulations, @marenmorris! You are already an incredible mother. Don't dwell on the things that happened that didn't go as planned and that were out of your control. You are safe, you are well, and you have a son. You are a warrior. We are over the moon for you and your family.  Motherhood is an amazing thing. A hard thing. But oh so worth it. We can't wait to watch your motherhood journey. Love & health to you and your family. ❤️⁠
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It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another day in the life of quarantine/ motherhood...)⁠
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🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Givin 🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Giving Birth⁠ 🤰
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Pregnancy and birth are physically taxing events, but they can also be empowering experiences. 💪 Exercising during pregnancy can help the birth process go more smoothly as well as offer other incredible benefits: lowered stress, better posture, less back pain, and less complicated postpartum recovery. 🙌 Best of all, you’ll feel more powerful and in control of how your body is changing and growing. 💗 While most exercise is great even for pregnant women, there are some exercises you really should do before giving birth. Here is what you should do and WHY you should do it. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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