I don't really understand your fear... If there's no pain an you can't see anything what's there to worry about? The same thing is going to happen to your body whether you're awake or asleep.
Firstly the general anaesthetic poses more risk to the babies than a spinal block (which is typically used for a section). The risk is that the anaesthetic will affect their ability to breathe independently after the birth for a short while - so they might need a bit of help getting them started.
The other thing is for you - not sure if you've had a general but most people are very groggy post GA. It might be quite a few hours before you get to cuddle your babies if you are too drowsy as the midwives won't allow you to hold the babies if you are falling asleep. Also you may not really remember the first cuddles because of the drugs used.
Like I said, up to you. I can understand the fear of being awake for surgery, I think that is natural but you will be covered by a big drape so you can't see and all you will feel is some pressure and pulling and it will be over within a few minutes and you will be distracted by your beautiful babies.
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I had an elective c section with my daughter and i was petrified...i asked if i was able to have a general but my ob, midwives and family and friends all talked me out of it...and I am so glad that I listened to them. For me the lead up to surgery was the worst, once i was in the theatre, there was no time to be scared...the medical team and my husband were all great, kept me busy talking and laughing, and before i knew it i was cuddling my baby girl while they finished stitching me up. It was a beautiful experience wub
Unfortunately i have been told that i might need a general if i choose to have any more children sad and the thought of it now really upsets me...the thought of not sharing those special first special hours is heartbreaking! i can't believe i was originally going to ask for a general the first time round!!
This is just my experience...everyones different and I know in some cases a general is the only option...but if i have a choice, and its safe...i would have another C-section whilst awake in a heartbeat smile
Oh and also...i had a couple of midwives tell me that having a general to deliver a baby can result in a higher chance of mum developing PND...not sure how true that is though, just something to think about i guess smile
Hope this helps you a bit...goodluck with your pregnancy and decision smile
It feels like you're a handbag and someone is looking for their keys in your belly. The whole process is calm and everyone knows what they're doing. It seriously only takes 5 minutes for them to get the baby out, and the nurses bring the baby to you while they're sewing you up, so you're distracted (and pain free). When I had mine, they had my labour playlist playing in the theatre, everyone was in a good mood and it was just lovely and special.
When my mum had me, I was born by c-section but mum had a general anaesthetic. Dad was the 1st one to see me after I had my 1st bath and feed. Mum was quite out of it for a few hours and I think she was upset she couldn't be awake for my birth.
Good luck with whatever you decide. smile
I was prepped for a c-section with DS & had the spinal block. They ended up using forceps which worked so the c-section wasn't needed, but I still missed out on the skin to skin & was stuck in recovery for over 2hrs, so by the time I got up to the ward DS was already dressed & had been given formula. I loved being awake to finally meet our baby, see what we had, his little face & hearing his first cry. I have been told the next one will have to be a c-section & that does worry me a little but I would rather be awake than completely knocked out. As for visitors its up to you & your husband when they come in not them smile
I was the same! Except they didn't give him formula. I was told that I could choose an elective c section next time, but don't really want to.
My issue is that now I cannot remember our first night together at *all*. My husband showed me a photo of our skin to skin after recovery and I cannot remember it. I remember him coming out and him being on my chest, my husband saying the call to prayer in his ear, it was the most beautiful thing. But then I couldn't stop shaking because of all the meds so he didn't stay with me in recovery and I didn't see him again until a few hours later. I remember when I saw him all bundled up and they wheeled both of us to the room but after that it's ... nothing! I don't remember our first feed sad I could go on and on (still feel really upset about the whole thing) but I guess my point is that if there was a way for me to be more alert I would've taken it hands down. I had a *lot* of drugs during labour and birth and you would have less than I had for a caesar. You won't forget your first moments and I would give anything to have the rest of our moments back in my mind so I'd really encourage you to be awake.
In the end it's your choice though, make sure you choose what makes you comfortable.