Third baby but first Caesarean due to transverse baby

I never imagined I would ever have a C-section, but when my baby was transverse at 38 weeks things changed in an instant.

At first I was really sad, I was worried that I would miss the excitement of preparing for labour, watching out for signs, wondering will today be the day…. I also worried about what it would be like to have major surgery and care for my other kids afterwards.

I worried about me! Would it hurt? How would I manage? Would I be able to breastfeed?

I worried about my baby! Would he be ok born before he was ready to come out?

I met with the consultant assigned to me at my 38 week appointment and I told him how nervous I was. We went over my birth plan…well, I guess it was more a “surgery plan” – LOL!!! I was surprised how open he was to my preferences for the section also! I had read online (some on the AIMSI site – thank you!) about different options for a C-section – things I had never thought about like skin-to-skin in the theatre and letting the cord finish pulsating before cutting it in the theatre and skin-to-skin with my husband while I was in recovery! I also got tips on magicmum about different pain relief afterwards – that some may affect breastfeeding over others. I was feeling much better after this meeting!

My C-section was scheduled for that Friday! I only had a few days to get ready and made the most of it by getting some beauty treatments, having a massage, and going for girly lunches!

I had read online about different options for a C-section – things I had never thought about like skin-to-skin in the theatre and letting the cord finish pulsating before cutting it in the theatre and skin-to-skin with my husband while I was in recovery

Friday arrived and I could barely sleep the night before! I was somewhere between deliriously excited and so nervous I could puke! As I got ready to leave I started feeling a bit teary saying goodbye to my girls. I was worried about them as I knew I’d be in for a long time – but they were in great hands with their Granny! I gave them one last kiss and hug and told them I was going in to have their baby brother and I would see them soon!

The drive into the hospital I don’t remember much! I was nervously playing with the radio and checking I had everything. We got to the hospital bright and early. I was told that I was scheduled for a slot later that morning but that sometimes these things can change due to emergencies. I was settled in and the midwives were brilliant telling me what I could expect and trying to keep my nerves at bay.

We had to wait ages! My slot was pushed back as a few girls had to go in before me who had been in labour but needed to be sectioned. I was so hungry I thought I could eat my left arm! LOL

The hospital was really busy. The midwife told me that they had loads of girls scheduled in that day and again kindly apologised for the wait!

And then, suddenly, I was told I’d be going down! EEK! The anaethesiologist came in and Kevin was taken to go get prepped and I was wheeled down! The epidural was a shock I hadn’t been prepared for. Really didn’t like that! It was such a strange experience and the theatre looked so different from a labour room! I was really happy to see the nurse appear by my side that I had been chatting to earlier – I could tell it was her by her smiling eyes! Then I saw Kevin come in dressed in the surgical gown and hat/mask – I nearly died laughing at him! The doctor came in and the screen went up and I explained again my preferences to the doctor as he was not the same one I had seen earlier in the week. Before I knew it, we were on our way!

The surgery itself was fine – lots of pulling and tugging – before I knew it out popped our little man! The doctor forgot about the cord pulsating and cut the cord but when I was handed my gorgous little man I didn’t care! They brought him over and I got my first little snuggle on the table. The nurse (midwife? Not sure which!) helped me give skin-to-skin to him. Kevin was all teary eyed! His longed-for boy! We decided to call him Alex. After a little while the nurse wrapped him up and took him to check his measurements and all the other tests they do. She shouted over her shoulder ” He is 6lbs 14oz!” So tiny!!!!

When I got to the ward Kevin was sitting in a chair with Alex curled up under his shirt doing skin-to-skin! I burst out crying – what a picture they were!

Alex was perfect and so Kevin was taken out with him to follow the cot to the wards while I was finished off and brought to the recovery room. This was the worst bit – being away from the baby. The recovery room was busting as well. It was obvious they were understaffed and very busy! I was thankful to be told I could go up to the wards.

When I got to the ward Kevin was sitting in a chair with Alex curled up under his shirt doing skin-to-skin! I burst out crying – what a picture they were!

I got settled and the midwife helped me up onto my side to try feeding for the first time. I felt really stiff but Alex seemed to latch on brilliantly!

The first night and the day after were tough. I will not lie. It was much more painful than I imagined – the worst was the trapped wind pains! MY GOD! I found it really difficult being so helpless as well – small things like turning over and walking to the loo the first time – so difficult!

I spent another few days in the hospital – things got easier and thanfully as it was over the weekend the wards weren’t too busy! I went home on the Monday and was so happy to see my girls and introduce Alex to them!

So, that is our positive C-section story! I hope it is helpful to other women in my situation. I just wanted to send it to you as I really think its helpful to know that even if you have to have a section – you have options. I loved that I got skin-to-skin with our baby and even though the doctor forgot about the cord, it was an option to me. I suppose my advice would be – research, read, question, and talk to your doctors about the options available to you! You may be surprised how accommodating they can be!

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