If you are scheduled for a cesarean delivery (C-section), you will first be admitted to a birth suite. There, your labor and delivery nurse will complete your admission history and assess you and your baby. To prepare you for the C-section, your nurse will assist you with an antibacterial wipe and clip the hair from just below the belly button to the pubic area.
Also, an anesthesia provider will visit you to discuss your anesthesia options. Cesarean births are usually done with spinal anesthesia, which means you will be awake and alert when your baby is born. If you are having a spinal, it will be placed in the operating suite prior to the start of the cesarean section. After you receive your spinal, your nurse will place a catheter (a thin flexible tube) into your bladder to keep it empty, and place compression stockings on your legs to help prevent blood clots. Your baby will be born within the first few minutes of the cesarean section, and will be dried and warmed, all within your sight. Your partner can be with you throughout the cesarean, and can take plenty of pictures of your beautiful new baby. At the completion of the cesarean, your baby will be placed in your arms, or skin to skin if you wish, as you move, together as a new family, into recovery.
For more information on the labor and delivery options available at Missouri Baptist, call 314-996-LIFE (5433) or toll-free 800-392-0936, or email us.