At my hospital they get you up walking about 6hrs after the c section. I haven't been told anything about having a wheelchair. Maybe as soon as you're finished in recovery (which I think is about an hour or so) then they can wheel you done to see bubs.
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After I had my DD by c section, they wheeled me down to the NICU still in the bed with nurse escort about 1.5 hrs after she was born, and then when I was stable my dh was allowed to wheel me down to NICU that afternoon and whwnever I wanted the next day. Don't worry, they will let you see bub as soon as everything is good for both you and bub.
Good luck with bub going to NICU, I hope everything goes well.
Same with me, they wheeled me in as soon as I was out of recovery to see my babies. You can see them whenever you want and yes, I required a wheelchair after my c-section that evening but the next day it's probably better to slowly walk there yourself.
I had my baby on 24th dec and my baby was a elective c section and also ended up in nicu due to having problems breathing my partner was keeping me informed how he was , later that night my partner and midwife push my bed so I could see my baby upstairs and have a cuddle . the next day xmas day I was up walking but wasnt strong enough to walk that far so I was given a wheelchair and dh push me up there. as they wre on limited staff.
Being my second elective c- section I was more mobile this time around plus they had me on a push drip of morphine due to a spine condition I have so my pain was under great control . Have a talk to the midwife on the day they can advise you.