You may remember a couple of months ago I wrote about my first session with the Birth Reflections Midwife (HERE) well today I saw her again. We had a good chat about all my different concerns before we went for a wander around the wards and theatre. Although its only been 4 years to me it had all changed a lot!
But other parts of it seemed familiar. We went up to labour ward first where the theatre that I will be having my section in is as well as HDU (High Dependency Unit). You always imagine labour ward to be really loud and to hear loads of women screaming but it was quite quiet up there today. We went and stood in theatre and the moment she opened the door memories came flooding back of J’s birth. Flashbacks I’ve not remembered in years. The room is so much smaller than I remember and with all the different people that will be in there on the day it felt surreal. We had a quick chat with the scrub nurses as well who told me about what it is like in there during a planned section.
After we went down to the postnatal ward to see where I will be once I am discharged off HDU. Its strange not much of it has changed really. A new coat of paint and thats about it. I also discovered that they no longer provide formula if you do need it and so you have to take your own in, although I plan to breastfeed
she has advised I take in some just in case. It reminded me that the ward is quite a depressing place and I so hope I don’t have to stay there more than 2 nights!
When we got back to her little room we discussed a birth plan. This was a new concept to me when it comes to c-sections as I believed it was a pretty medical set procedure kind of thing but it turns out its not! We discussed various issues such as birth partner, weather I want them or me to hold the baby first, attempting breastfeeding immediately, skin to skin, music to be played, weather I wanted to have a screen up or down. We’ve also detailed out my concerns around needles, complications and other issues.
It feels odd writing a birth plan for a section, it was something I never imagined in a million years. I guess it sounds such a set medical procedure, I was amazed that it could be “personalised” as such. Obviously I am glad it can be but at the same time it feels so alien.
So now I’m wondering, if you had/would have music playing when you gave/give birth, what would you have playing?