Chanelle’s Story: Facing a C-Section in the Caribbean
At our last NCT class before giving birth, our teacher took us through the procedure for a Caesarean section: what happens, who’s in the room, etc. She even showed us pictures. Chanelle doesn’t have the benefit of NCT classes in the Caribbean, so, as she is faced with her impending C-Section, she has lots of questions that I hope you can help her with…
My BUPA International Worldwide Medical Plus has now kicked in for maternity cover. I had to be on the policy for ten months before it started to cover anything baby related. I took the policy out in June last year so mid-April meant that I could switch back to visiting the private OB rather than going down to the hospital where it is good, free cover like the NHS in the UK.
However, I still had to wait.
I have had to wait up to three hours for a normal, routine appointment. The pee in the cup to check sugar and protein, taking your weight, checking the baby’s heartbeat with a Doppler (not ultrasound) and general questions with the OB after the nurses have done these things. You can’t complain really as it is all covered, but since I took the BUPA out I thought I would make use of it and head back to the private Doctor who I saw at the very beginning when we first moved over here in November 2012.
She is German and very thorough. I like her a lot.
As of today, 20th May, I am 36 Weeks and 2 Days. I went to see the private OB in the first week of May and again last week. Both times proved that baby is still breech. We did an ultrasound and found out that baby is measuring small. I know that these later ultrasounds are not 100% accurate though, but it is an estimate. Craig and I are not the largest or tallest people around, so she said she did not expect us to have a large baby. The first scan showed that baby was just over 3 pounds whereas the average should be around 5. The scan last week showed baby had grown and is now 5 pounds. The OB said she may have slightly under measured the first time and slightly over measured the second time. The measurement is taken from the head, stomach and femur bone of the baby to work out how big they are, or, in our case, how small. Some further checks were done to check whether we a baby that is underdeveloped or have a small but healthy baby.
Thankfully, we have the latter. One of the checks was conducted by checking the amount of blood that gets pumped through the umbilical cord and it sounds just like a heartbeat. If too little blood and therefore too little oxygen is getting through to the baby, this can cause underdevelopment.
Today I go back to the hospital to see the OB who ultimately will make the decision whether or not I get scheduled for a C-Section due to the baby being in first breech position. This means that the head is on the left, back is down and bum and legs are to the right. I have had no feeling of baby being low down, nor have I felt any kicking up near my ribs. The baby has been in this same position for around two months now and the private OB said that because of this, it is highly unlikely that she will turn at this late stage. On my ultrasound report she has written “Schedule C-Section”.
Suddenly, when I left her office it all felt very real. My mom is getting here from South Africa on 31st May. The plan was that she would be here two weeks before the due date, which is 15th June. I have been told that in the UK, C-Sections are generally scheduled at 38 weeks, however in the US the guidelines seem to have changed to be 39 weeks.
Some questions for those of you who have had C-Sections:
- At how many weeks did they schedule you?
- Did you go into labor before the scheduled date?
- How do they stop your labor if it does start?
- Where you awake during the procedure or did you go under general?
- Was the father allowed in the operating room?
You can see more images from Chanelle’s nautical materntiy shoot on the Brilliant website.