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 for 8 hours before surgery.
- Clear liquids only until 2 hours before the scheduled surgery time.
- 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 operating room clothing.
Progressing to Childbirth
- 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.
- We encourage you to walk often, with help. Walking will help you heal. Plan to walk in the halls several times a day.
- Most times, medicine you receive during surgery will help control pain for 12 to 18 hours after surgery.
- Acetaminophen and ibuprofen will be your main pain medicines. Opioids will be given only if needed.
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