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Old Jul 11th, 2016, 01:37 AM   1
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The reality of immediate skin-to-skin?


I've told my midwife and the hospital team that I want immediate skin to skin with baby girl.

However I'm wondering how difficult it will actually be? Flat on my back with an IV in one hand and the other arm in a blood pressure cuff, plus big old boobs flopping off into each armpit (har har) and not much room due to the curtain and also being very short.

Am I dreaming to think this is actually a feasible idea?



 
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Old Jul 11th, 2016, 05:53 AM   2
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I actually think immediate skin to skin would be easier than having a bundled up baby in a bunny rug plonked on your chest as the baby would curl into your body if you know what I mean. I had an EMCS with my third and only a quick plonk of bundled baby on me and I just sort of held an awkward hand on him fir a few moments (he turned blue on my chest and was rushed away to the NICU) and the midwife held him as well. You could sort of tuck her down your gown and nestle her between your boobs. It sounds really nice GL



 
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Old Jul 11th, 2016, 08:43 AM   3
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I had a CS Friday morning due to baby being breech at a US hospital that really emphasizes mom-baby bonding. Before they did my spinal, the nurses put a soft, stretchy cotton tube top around my upper chest to tuck in baby right after birth.

I ended up being too nauseous and shaky at that moment, but my husband was able to hold her right by my face while they finish. When felt well enough to ask for her, they were literally bandaging my incision, so I got her ~3 mins later when they took me to the recovery area.

If the hospital offers skin to skin in the OR, they usually have a system and extra staff to help make it happen. Just be aware that, depending on how you respond to anesthesia, you may not want to.

Good luck!



 
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Old Jul 11th, 2016, 12:56 PM   4
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They offered me baby but I was too shaky to hold her until I got to recovery. My husband was able to hold her right away though. Very similar to previous poster.



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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 10:14 AM   5
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Thanks everyone! I've had two previous c-sections and never had the shakes so I hope I don't get that this time.

I saw my midwife yesterday and she's doubtful I'll get a proper skin to skin cuddle though anyway as they need to maintain a sterile environment and trying to get baby on me won't help the surgical team :-/. I can see it won't be simple but I'll make a fuss and hopefully get some sort of cuddle with baby.

I've got gestational diabetes and also getting my tubes tied, I'm scared I'll be in theatre so long that her sugars will crash.



 
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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 10:50 AM   6
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My c section was an emergency one and I had pushed for a long time before it was done; one of the nurses told me I was shaky because I had been in labor for a while. I think it's a good sign if you weren't shaky in your prior c sections!



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I agree that your prior CS experiences sound encouraging. I tend to react pretty strongly to anesthesia and pain medications, so I was not surprised to have issues. If you are worried about baby's sugars, you could try expressing and collecting colostrum ahead of time. If your DH is holding baby, he could try to dropper or syringe feed her right away.



 
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Old Jul 13th, 2016, 23:33 PM   8
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Thanks everyone! I've had two previous c-sections and never had the shakes so I hope I don't get that this time.

I saw my midwife yesterday and she's doubtful I'll get a proper skin to skin cuddle though anyway as they need to maintain a sterile environment and trying to get baby on me won't help the surgical team :-/. I can see it won't be simple but I'll make a fuss and hopefully get some sort of cuddle with baby.

I've got gestational diabetes and also getting my tubes tied, I'm scared I'll be in theatre so long that her sugars will crash.
Stick to your guns! Too bad for the surgical team, all going well you should be able to have skin to skin and put baby to the breast. Have a read up on 'natural Caesarians', I really hope you get your skin to skin



 
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Old Jul 18th, 2016, 12:02 PM   9
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I was like you and really wanted immediate skin to skin as I also didn't get this with my first and couldn't hold her until about an hour later.

This time I was told I could have immediate skin to skin, however I didn't get it, not really sure why but to be honest I wasn't very comfortable on that stupid narrow bed and didnt push for it,p. The midwife said she was going to keep the baby naked so that when I was in recovery baby could come straight on top of me then.

It ended up being longer than expected as they had to fix my bladder (it had gotten attached to my scar tissue from the original section I had) but I loved the skin to skin even if it was a little longer away from birth than I had hoped.

Go with your gut, and don't be afraid to push if you want it. I would mention it when you go into theatre and say it's super important to you, then if you change your mind/find its not practical then you've made that decision.

Good luck xx



 
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Old Jul 19th, 2016, 10:56 AM   10
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Thank you so much! I will try to be pushy, my midwife sadly can't make it to my section as the hospital rescheduled every section this week and I got moved from Friday afternoon to 7am Thursday and she's attending an induction at that time with another lady. So myself and OH will have to be firm :-).

Even if it doesn't work out or it's too awkward I will give it a shot.



 
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