I was lucky that I knew in advance that I was going to have my caesarean  section, so I had some time to prepare and a revised birth plan. That said, I’m not sure that I really understood how difficult it might be, or the practical ways that my life could be made a little easier. I’m not talking about pain management, as I found paracetamol and ibuprofen more than sufficient, but I mean the psychological effects of being housebound for a little while, and the practical things I didn’t consider. So here is what I learned in those first few weeks. I hope it might help you prepare a little better and also support a new mum who is in that position. Get a supply of generic painkillers in the house There’s nothing worse than being caught out and not being able to get to the shop. Obviously discuss your pain relief and care with your doctor and midwife, but if its bog standard over the counter stuff, stash a few boxes away. Set up stations around the house for all your essentials I live in a three story house and there’s no way I was going up and down the stairs every time I needed a nappy or a snack. Little bags or boxes in the rooms you spend the most time is essential – nappies, wipes, nappy sacks for baby, but also think about water and snacks for you. I had stashes next to the sofa and… View Post

Several people have asked me for advice about writing a caesarean  birth plan recently. For various reasons they have been planned, like mine, or they wanted to be prepared in the event it should happen. Small Boy was breech and despite all my wants and preparation for a natural birth, albeit in the consultant led ward of the hospital, that wasn’t to be. Two weeks before my due date I was told that I’d be scheduled for a delivery within the week. Although my plans were dashed, this did mean I had the opportunity to do a bit of planning. I’m not a medical professional, and I’m not going to attempt to give any medical advice here, but I can share with you what was on my “birth plan”. I use the term loosely as it was basically a list of questions that I felt I should ask and some statements about what I wanted in the hope I could make it as “natural” and gentle an experience as possible. Hopefully, this might help you if you find yourself in a similar situation. Understand what is going to happen medically Will I have a spinal block or general anaesthetic? Will there be a scan beforehand? What happens if baby moves – will the section go ahead? What can I eat and drink before and when is my last meal? Will I feel anything? Who will be performing the procedure? Will my midwife be there? Will I be allowed to go… View Post