One expectant mom out of every four gives birth via cesarean delivery-through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through the vagina.
These guidelines explain what to expect if you are scheduled for a cesarean.
The night before arriving at the hospital:
- No food after 9 p.m.
- No fluids after midnight.
- No smoking.
- Unless instructed by your physician, no medication after midnight.
- Check in at Admitting, located just inside the hospital main entrance on the third floor. You will be taken to the Birth Center on the second floor.
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- At The Birth Center, you will be taken to your room, and your nurse will perform a physical assessment.
- You and your support person will be given identification bracelets.
- Your nurse will review your birth plan with you.
- Nursing staff will start your IV.
- Your support person will change into scrubs.
Progressing to Childbirth
- You will be taken to the Birth Center 30 minutes before your scheduled delivery time.
- If another mother is experiencing a complicated delivery your scheduled cesarean may be delayed. This does not happen often, but it is important to be aware of the possibility.