What do I need to bring to the hospital ?
Layette for Baby
- 1 "take-me-home" outfit
- Shirt-and-pant sets 10
- Coveralls (one-piece footed outfits) 4
- Bath towels 4
- Lots of burp cloths
- Receiving blankets 4
- Baby Care
- Dippers (not essential)
- Baby wipes
- Dipper rash cream with zinc oxide
- Baby lotion
- Petroleum jelly not essential
- Sterile cotton balls are provided by the hospital
- Baby Pins
- Baby Bath
- 3 nursing bras
- Nursing pads
- Nipple cream
- Pacifiers (suckers) & talkem powder are not allowed to be used in the hospital
- Bed Jackets 3
- Skirts /Trousers 3
- Cologne, Soap, shampoo & Cream
- tooth brush & paste
Can My husband be with me when I’m going through the cesarean or labor ?
Yes , The Labor rooms and theaters are designed in a way that the husband could also accompany the wife when the delivery or caesarian is taking place. As then both the husband and wife could experience and enjoy this special moment of there life together. Furthermore the labor rooms are also individualized to give the utmost privacy when the labor is taking place.
What happens before the ceaser?
- Assessment - Your obstetrician will assess your suitability for a caesarean section at the out patient clinic.
- Admission - You will be admitted to a room at Ninewells Hospital few hours before your caesarean section is scheduled. This might be the night before if your operation is to be done in the morning. On admission we will do a few blood tests and monitor your blood pressure, pulse, temperature and the baby's heart rate.
- Eating and drinking – You will not be allowed to eat or drink for at least 6 hours before the time of your operation. One hour before your operation you will be given a tablet called Ranitidine which will reduce the amount of acid in your stomach as well.
- Anaesthetist - An anaesthetist would speak to you either the night before the caesarean or just prior to your operation which will depend on the particular anaesthetist.
What happens at the ceaser?
Your husband will be able to be with you during the caesarean section. A small screen will be placed across your tummy so you cannot see everything that happens in the actual operation.
You will have either a spinal anaesthetic or general anaesthetic. For spinal anaesthesia, an injection will be given to your back ,you will feel numb from the bottom of your rib cage to your feet and you will be awake. For general anaesthesia, you will be put to sleep by an injection through your drip. If you have a general anaesthetic your husband will not be allowed to be in theatre with you. Prescribing spinal anaesthesia is recommended in surgery.
Once you are numb your obstetrician will make a cut through your tummy just above the (bikini line) pubic hair line and through your womb. You baby is then delivered and given to the paediatrician who will assess your baby. Your baby will be dried and wrapped in a blanket and given to you to hold against your skin.
Meanwhile, your obstetrician will deliver the placenta (after birth) and stitch back the incision.
A catheter will be inserted in to your bladder as you will not have control of your bladder under anaesthetic. This will be removed after a few hours.
What happens after the ceaser ?
- Pain killers - you will be given a pessary in to your back passage or an injection if necessary. You can ask for more pain killers if your pain increases as the anaesthetic begins to wear off.
- Eating and drinking – after the operation you can start drinking sips of water. For the first 2-3 days it is recommended that you have light meals.
- Wounds and sutures – You will usually have dissolvable sutures which are not removed. If you have non dissolvable sutures they will need to be removed in 3-5 days. You should try to keep your wound clean and dry to prevent infection.
When can I go home?
This will depend on the individual obstetrician, the circumstance of your operation, your health and your baby's health. Usually the length of stay after a caesarean varies from 2 to 5 days. It is recommended that you visit your obstetrician 4-6 weeks after the caesarean for a post natal check.