Include the C Section Recovery Belt or Kit in your birth plan & post natal care at baby shower for the Hospital and later at home with your discharge orders. Create a birth plan that takes into account your health needs, wishes for the best birth, your baby’s health outcome, be it Vaginal or C-Section. Think about all the things that can go well, or go wrong, and try to make a decision while you are safe, at ease and discussing the topics with experts or professionals in this area, that might include a home birth midwife,doula, DR or a hospital birth medical staff. Make 3 copies of your plan and provide them to your Dr, partner, and another person, doula, midwife, nurse, mother etc. This is very important so you can be educated in the variety of things that may arise with childbirth,and establish a ground level with your health care provider. In your personal visualization include the ultimate experience you may want, like an orgasmic easy short birth with no tearing. and what that means and a Safe C Section, with no problems, little pain and small scar, which is so much easier with our CSection RecoveryKit.
Our best tips for C Sections at this time include having a cotton ball placed in vagina then rubbed on babys face and inside mouth to expose to bacteria, sewing all 8 layers, having a hemostatic agent used to help reduce bleeding, using glue on outside skin layer, skin to skin, breastfeeding, binding and massage.
Nothing is worse than to be in stress and have the Dr pull phrases like, “uh, are you ok with using an Vacuum assist in your birth”, we have to make the decision NOW!” What that says is, can we use the vaccum or forceps to pull baby out of you…..both can cause major damage to the baby, including cranial hemetoma.I didn’t write out my plan in full, and there I was in that position exactly, in the emergency room, I can say with certainty, say NO to both. Tell them to use their hands, breathe, change positions or get a C Section. Have a protector with you at all times. Here is the warning from the FDA and also the cranium can have blood vessel issues and baby jaundiced after vacuum operative assist..
The best tips for vaginal is to breathe and expand, delay the epideural or pitocin so as the body can proceed at its own rate, and to create a safe and peaceful space for the mother. Move and be consious in your process, have support, use a big ball, bring a doula or midwife to the hospital. If you have had a C/S please get your medical records so that you can have a VBAC in the future.
Is it better to tear or be cut, as in an episiotomy? Discussion at the last ICEA meeting was that tears heal better than being cut. So change positions and use fingers and pressure to protect the perineum if you wish to avoid both. Oiling the vaginal area for a month or so before birth is a great way to awaken the tissue, but don’t worry, mother nature provides so many yummy helpers through chemical excretions and tissue stretching that prove that birth is amazing.
In my case, my midwife ecstatic brith turned into a drive to the hospital at 3:30 am, nurses argueing with midwife,getting the vacuum, because they won’t let you get a C/S unless they can try with that, wait for the anesthesiologist, then rocking back and forth because baby was stuck in me. None of that was on my birth plan.
If they want to remove baby after birth, say NO, I want baby here with me, unless NICU is absolutely necessary. Skin to skin is vital for baby and MOM. Oxytocin is stimulated by skin to skin contact and helps with bonding, its calming and baby is exposed to bacteria from mom’s skin.
Make soupy foods ahead of time if you can. Eat smoothies and soups in the Hospital, brought in by loved ones, for your nourishment and ease with lactating, and eliminating, especially after a C/S, pain meds can contribute to constipation.
Talk to your loved ones, friend and caregivers about your birth plan. Get a variety of information then make the plan with the best of intentions and information.