Im only 14.5 weeks so it's still early days, but I know i am going to have another c section. I had an emergency last time so was wondering what week they usually book an elective? I am high risk, had preeclampsia last time and am already on blood pressure medication etc... Thanks
It wouldn't have been too early with me - I may have combined the appointments for convenience. Once we'd had the discussion they literally went and got the book and wrote me in it, so if your hospital has the same process then you should hopefully know your date soon. Have to say it is lovely having a date booked in - really given me a focus and a countdown, 5 weeks tomorrow!
I had pre eclampsia too,with a EMCS and this time I have a placenta preavia so will be having another section. I'm 33wks and still haven't been given a date yet. I assume different areas vary in procedure.
I had mine booked at the consultant appointment for my 20 week scan (had previous EMCS, which automatically meant consultant). Agreed CS-date for 39+0 there and then, but only because I made my case and could demonstrate that I had looked into risks and benefits of both VBAC and ELCS.
Had I not obviously read up on it, he'd have given me some info material and sent me home to think about it before making decision.
I was offered a booking in when I went to the hospital for my 12 week scan (previous major complications in labour).
I refused it.
I was told I had to have it (pretty much) at 20 weeks and that was reinforced at 30 weeks. However the booking process got pretty messed up. I've been told if I go into natural labour before 39+5 (when the CS is booked) I have to get to delivery ASAP although if all is progressing well they may 'allow' me to deliver naturally.
Blimey 39+5 they are cutting it fine. Surely there is a good chance of you going into labour before that? My last one was booked in for 39 weeks at 36 weeks. They then changed the date themselves to 38+5 which I was happy with (the ealrier the better within reason) as we had xmas right in the middle of it. As it happened I was discharged in xmas day!
I've known since 22 weeks that I will be offered an ELCS but despite telling me it will be booked at 39 weeks, I have to wait until I am seen at 34 weeks for the actual date. There is a chance I could be early but have been told I would just be bumped up on that day's CS list as a non-critical EMCS, if that makes sense! (I suppose they mean it would be emergency enough to try and beat labour but not life threatening within 3 minutes!).
I am a reluctant CS and it is because I am not high risk in pregnancy but in post gestation labour. There is also a chance baby might be small (my first pregnancy was almost 43 weeks and she was normal size) so I will have CTG and full assessment at 34 & 38 weeks to see how baby is doing.
My circumstances are unusual - I would much rather be left alone at home with my community team but what I want doesn't really come into it anymore.
I knew I would have to have a C-section again 2nd time around (fibroids, NO chance of natural birth) but they still didn't confirm and book it until 34 weeks.... So don't be disappointed if you don't find out early.