Planning Your Planned Caesarean

Most expectant mothers plan their labor and delivery around a vaginal delivery. They create birth plans, hire doulas, and attend childbirth classes. For those expectant mothers receiving a planned Caesarean Section, most of the planning is left up to the hospital and doctor’s schedules. However, a planned Caesarean birth isn’t necessarily out of the mother’s hands entirely. There are factors that she can control and should control!

When planning a Caesarean, most doctors prefer to do the operation no earlier than 38 weeks and no later than 39 weeks. In most cases, the Caesarean is planned a week earlier than the estimated due date. Most doctors have certain dates that they will perform a Caesarean Section. However, not all doctors have specific days of the week that they will perform the operation, and this gives the mother a wider range of dates to choose from.

When it comes to choosing a date, Monday or Tuesday is usually the best days to choose. Having a Caesarean early in the week means that lactation consultants and other specialists will be there throughout the hospital stay. Most doctors will book the Caesarean for the earliest time possible. While it may seem daunting to have surgery at 7 or 8 A.M., it’s for the best! The earlier the operation is, the less likely the chance of an emergency cropping up, delaying the operation.

Most expectant mothers assume that having a Caesarean Section means that a birth plan isn´t necessary. However, creating a birth plan can ensure that the mother experiences the birth that she wants! Here are some things to consider for a planned Caesarean birth plan:

Would you like for your partner to cut the cord?

Would you like to have a free hand to touch the baby?

Would you like to watch the birth?

Who do you want present in the OR?

Would you like any sedatives or medications before the operation begins?

Would you prefer an Epidural or a Spinal?

How soon would you want to begin breastfeeding?

Do you want the hospital to bathe your baby immediately or would you rather do it later?

Expectant mothers can also set up an appointment with the anaesthesiologist who will be on call during the operation. This can help ease the mother’s fears by allowing her to ask any questions she might have. Becoming better aquainted with the anaesthesiologist will also help during the operation as he or she will be there throughout the entire procedure.

While planning a Caesarean can seem overwhelming at times, it is important to do so. Speaking with the doctor at length and asking questions can help to ease any fears or concerns about the operation itself. It is important for expectant mothers to remember that while a Caesarean is a major surgery, it is also a very special moment in her life, the birth of her child!

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