General Anesthesia C-section

Sommer - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Has anyone that had general anesthesia with their c-section depressed about not getting those first moments with your baby? I have one year old twins and had general anesthesia because the spinal was taking too long to work, doctor only gave it five minutes. Knowing that the anesthesia could have been prevented and it was NOT given because my babies lives were in jeopardy has made me feel robbed of those first minutes. Adding to that depression because my babies were born at 34 weeks and I was preeclamptic I was not even able to meet them until they were two days old...Does anyone feel the same about going under giving birth?

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Mag - posted on 02/12/2010

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hi sommer im so glad u have wrote this,my son adam was born 16mths ago and like that i had general anesthesia as i had placental abrupture at 36 wks it happened at home and within an hour i was lying in recovery with just a photo of my son who was in special care..as he had 2 be resusitated...it was the most traumatic experience of my life,especially as i had given birth 2 4 previous sons...i know only 2 well how u feel,i love my son 2 bits but feel very cheated as 2 how he was born...i tell myself 2 be thankful that he is alive and well.....i hope this helps...good luck with ur twins...:)

Angela - posted on 02/12/2010

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Well I have had two C- sections but I was never put to sleep the first I had an epidural because I labored for 27 hours before they finally did anything and the second was scheduled and I had the spinal. Even though I was awake for both, both of my babies were rushed to NICU ( the intensive care unit for infants) so I didn't get to see them even when they took them out of me. My daughter I had to wait 6 hours to see and everyone else had already seen her, I was the last and it killed me. My son was also put in the special care unit and once again I was the last to see him but it was only 3 hours that time, but my incision had become infected and I had to go back into the hopital for a week when he was only 6 days old, I cried everyday. Either way I know how hard it is and I just thank God that they were both alright even though born with some breathing problems and that I am alright and know that I have the rest of my life to spend with them, hold them, and love them.

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Hello, yes I went thru' it twice, w/ both of my kids, b/c they weren't able to give me an epidural or spinal (the spaces were too small they said). I have to admit that I felt exactly as you described - the soonest that I was able to see & hold my babies both times was when I woke up about an hour after the birth. My husband also wasn't able to be in the room either, and he so wanted to be (it was against hospital policy) - but at least my husband & both sets of grandparents were able to be w/ our sons w/in 10 minutes after they were born - that's been my only consolation.

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Sherri - posted on 02/14/2010

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Hi, My situation is similar to yours. Although I did not have Anesthesia or a c-section, My labor was induced due to toxemia and my twin boys were 6 weeks early. Because of this, as soon as they were born they were immediately taken to the nicu, I had only gotten a glimpse of them and was not allowed to see them until the next day(for fear of convulsions I assume). My heart still breaks to this day when I think about not having those first moments with them and my twins are now 10yrs old. I do however treasure the moments when I finally did get to meet them. That is what counts and what u have to hold on to and cherish.

Emily - posted on 02/12/2010

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Yes, I know how you feel. When i had my daughter it was an emergency, and my epidural had not worked. So, when they took me back they had to put me under. I didnt get to see her at all that night, and the next morning they took me to see her for about 5minutes. then she was sent to another hospital, because she was still having trouble breathing. She recovered quickly, and I was able to go picked her up after i was released from the hospital. i didn't get to hold her until she was 4 days old, and when i did it almost felt like she wasn't mine. The worst was knowing all the family and friends that got to hold her and feed her before me! I think as time goes on it will bother you less and less. Though I would have liked things to have gone differently, yes. But everything has turned out great. My Isabel is going to be 3 in may and she is such a blessing, and my best little friend!

Jessi - posted on 02/12/2010

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I have had four children all c-section- yes I was disapointed in the way I did not get to nurse them or hold them as soon as I wanted, you can't change what happened as much as you want to. I too was given so much medication that I remember very little of my childrens first day of life, I can't even remember nursing my 4th child on the first day, and I am told they put him on me. Its sad.

Lisa - posted on 02/12/2010

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Hi all, I wasn't put under General Anesthesia but I have always felt cheated by my first birth experiance 7 years ago. I also had an emergency c-section, and my son also needed advanced life support at birth. However, I had recieved a successful epidral/spinal a couple hours before his the determination that a c-section was necessery to save his life. The Doctor ordered a sedative, anti-nausia meds, and some spinal Morphine. Well, this put me into a Zombie state for 12 + hours.
I don't remember my son's first day of life. During that time I signed a release to have him Circumcized, of which I have ZERO memory. (I am, and always have been against the procedure)
I do feel cheated. I wish I could have held him that first day. I wish I remembered seeing his face for the first time, or even what my first thoughts of him were.

Joni - posted on 02/12/2010

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I went through the same thing and did feel disappointed but what can you do? the dr did the best they could for both my daughter and myself and we are both happy and healthy now. but yes absolutely it does bring on some feelings of disappointment and even sadness.

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2010

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Sommer,
I can absolutely relate to how you are feeling. My son was born via c-section and I didn't see him until he was 3 hours old. I hated that no one (not my husband or myself) got to see him be born. I have been dealing with sadness b/c I feel like he had a horrible birth experience and it was nothing like I wanted it to be. I am working through it and taking it day by day. Some days I feel good because I have done all I can after the birth to bond with him and show him he is loved. Other days I just feel guilty, even though I did all I could to have him naturally and at home like I wanted. It just wasn't in the cards.
Well I don't really have any advice but if you ever need to vent feel free to message me.
Take care Sommer.
**Jennifer**

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