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Had an elective c/s @ UCH?

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ChocFudgeCake Thu 18-Jun-09 22:43:13

Not 100% sure I'll have it, I'm waiting to see the consultant. But I cannot wait to know when they normally schedule them. At 38 weeks? Does one have a say? For example can I say "Actually Tuesday would be more convenient for childcare issues" Or something like that?

shakespeare Sat 20-Jun-09 09:37:20


I've just had a planned c/s at UCH last week (11.06.09). They arranged it 6 days before actual due date, so week 39. The impression I got is that it can be done on any date as there is always a team of surgeons, anesthetist's on site to carry out the emergency c/s. I was first on the planned c/s list, was down in theatre at 9.30am for my baby to be delivered by 10.15am. Any other questions let me know, the experience is very fresh in my mind!

yoyogirl Sat 20-Jun-09 12:44:23

Hi Shakespeare,

Can you tell me everything about your experience? What do you wish you had known beforehand? How long did you have to stay in the hospital post natally? Who was your consultant? Did you get skin to skin in theatre? How many weeks were you when they told you you would for sure need a c-section? How are you feeling now?

Any details appreciated!!


ChocFudgeCake Sun 21-Jun-09 09:01:07

Congratulations and thanks Shakespeare Same questions as Yoyogirl here, plus:
Did your baby need help with breathing? Some people go on about this and some mucus in the lungs that it is expelled only during vaginal delivery.
How many days did you stay in?
Do you think one can have priority for the single bedrooms (not the amenity rooms) because of the c/s? I'm not a big fan of wards and I was told they have these single bedrooms and if one is lucky...
I'm more and more excited! The thought that I might be able to organize things before hand and not have to worry about who's going to look after the children, etc.

mamarug Mon 22-Jun-09 20:15:26

Yes, please do tell all Shakespeare!

shakespeare Sat 27-Jun-09 11:49:31

Hello, sorry for delay in replying, my baby seems to have woken from 'the big sleep' and now is a little unputdownable, so anything that involves 2 hands has generally been shunned!

Well I have to say that over all, I was really happy with the care I received at UCH. I needed a c-sec due to a low lying placenta which they discovered quite late in the pregnancy when I went if for a scan at 36 weeks (Obs was concerned baby was a little small). They said if the placenta hadn't moved by the following week, they would book me in for a c/s, which it hadn't and they did, so I knew at 37 weeks.

To answer your questions yoyogirl, I don't think there was anything I wished I had known before. I read some excellent threads on here, I'll try and link you to them, but have never done this before so let me know if it does work and I'll give you the posters name and you can search for them.

this page
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I also brought a couple of books on c/sec (let me know if you would like the names), so felt pretty informed.

I stayed in hospital from Thurs - Sun, however all things going ok, they usually turf you out after 48 hours, but I had a bit of a temperature and it also took them 24 hours to find a Dr to discharge me. I don't know who my consultant was because I saw so many of them leading up to the birth. I didn't get skin to skin in theatre but didn't ask for it and was pleased I didn't as to be honest, as the screen is quite high up, you have numerous leads and wires coming from heart monitors, blood pressure cuffs etc, it would have been quite difficult. Also, I was quite woozy from the morphine and couldn't stop yawning, so it may have not been very safe me holding her when she was all slippery. I did have her on my chest (over the gown) when she was wrapped up which was lovely and then skin to skin in recovery where she started feeding. And no there didn't appear to be any problems with her breathing when she was delivered (my partner can't remember if they needed to suction her or not).

The procedure itself is pretty weird, there is lots of pulling and tugging to get the baby out which is quite surreal, not to mention not being able to feel your legs shock (however I hasten to add, the feeling came back very quickly in recovery), but the theatre staff were great, knowing that most people are very nervous, they were very chatty and humourous through out. I was up very tentatively that evening and walking about reasonably normally by day 2. The pain was well managed with paracetamol, codeine and anti-inflam's.

Oh and I can't recommend the amenity rooms enough!! I was on the ward the first night only to be beside a mother who's snoring nearly brought the hospital down! So we opted to pay the money (not cheap at £250 per night) and have a private room, with an ensuite, and where my partner could stay the night - albeit in a pull out chair/bed. But it was well worth the money. But it is a first come first served basis, so if you want one, ask as soon as you are admitted. Also, you have to spend the first night on the ward so they can monitor you.

Now, two weeks on, I feel well. I totally over did it on the first day home, watering my garden, etc and my scar really started to ache by the evening, so I learnt quickly to stagger any physical activities. I still get twinges when I turn quickly, cough or sneeze but that is to be expected I guess. The wound has healed well and it doesn't look like the scar will be too unsightly.

Whew, that was quite a post, sorry if it was a little long winded, but I hoped I answered you questions!


Haribosmummy Sat 27-Jun-09 11:55:59

I had an Elec CS last year with DS and will have another one again with DD in about 5 weeks time.

DS was born at 38 weeks (CS was brought forward by a week cos he was coming - ready or not!) DD is PLANNED for 39 weeks, but again, that's a bit of a moveable feast.

Certainly, I was allowed to pick a date / time which suited best (we chose a Saturday morning to make the most of the weekend! blush) and have chosen a wednesday this time as that works best.

I agree that the actual CS is a bit weird - you can feel a bit of rummaging whch is odd. I felt perfect afterwards - was driving again in less than a week and dog walking after 4 days.

I do think there are a few big differences.

With Elec CSs, you take certain drugs to prepare you for the surgery (which you obviously don't have time to take with an EM CS)

Also, when you are heading for an El CS, you can 'come to terms with it' IYSWIM. I really wanted a CS, so was fully briefed into what would happen / disadvantages / what to expect and what can go wrong. I think many women feel differently when they had wanted a natural birth and couldn't have one.


yoyogirl Sun 28-Jun-09 18:04:58

Thank you both - very helpful!

Haribosmummy if its not to prying can I ask why you had a es for your first birth?

Shakespeare - yes please send on the book titles - oh and congratulations!!

I was hoping to have one consultant so that there was a familiar face for me to ask all my questions to but that doesn't seem to be how it works...If private wasn't so pricey I would consider this option just to know my consultant a little!

Did either of you buy the cs belt (supposed to protect the scar)...and would you recommend a nursing pillow that's good for post cs?

I didn't know you had to stay on the ward I thought cs got first dibs on the private many beds on a ward?

Thanks again - if you think of anything else that helped you please do send it on...

Haribosmummy Sun 28-Jun-09 20:12:50


No problems - I had an EL Cs because I wanted one. Plain and simple. I know it's not for everyone and I know some people on MN look down on it, but I simply wanted an EL CS.

I did go private, so had the same consultant throughout (and have the same consultant for this pregnancy too). I also knew the anaestatist man who give you the drugs beforehand and he stayed with me (along with DH) throughout.

As I said, I did go private (the Portland) and it WAS lovely but, as I said before, it was what I wanted.

I didn't bother with a CS belt or a nursing pillow - I honestly didn't feel I needed anything like that. However, The Portland do give you physio sessions - exercises etc., which you can do from 48 hours afterwards (AFAIR) which DID really help. Oh, and I did continue to wear my maternity clothes for the weeks afterwards... so that def. would have helped the scar heal.

Must go - DS is crying... Will add more as I think of it.

FWIW< a good friend of mine gave birth at UCH and she couldn't praise it highly enough. She is also PG with no. 2 and going back there. (for her second CS - she also chose an El CS)


shakespeare Mon 29-Jun-09 20:06:10

Hi yoyogirl,

The books are Caesarean Recovery by Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy (reasonably basic but informative), and The Essential C-Section Guide by Maureen Connolly and Dana Sullivan (more detailed and American so some medical info not relavant to UK reader).

I didn't use a c/sec belt or anything, but did purchase a 'V' pillow (quite cheap from Amazon) its been really handy for breast feeding.

At UCH, there seemed to be 4 beds to a bay. And yes, first night on the ward so they can monitor you post-surgery (you are fairly tucked away in the amenity rooms), so make sure you take some ear plugs and an eye mask!

Big pants are a must post surgery - the bigger the better! I got myself some budget multipack from M & S - they practically go right up under my boobs, very sexy! grin But you really don't want anything near your scar for some time.

ChocFudgeCake Mon 29-Jun-09 23:33:24

Very informative, thanks!
I'm going to read the links now and will look for the first book.

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