Theres a lot of lingoes people use to describe subsequent cesareans. People just say, repeat; some women say elective repeat cesareans. In the ICAN village, a lot of women use the term CBAC to describe a VBAC attempt that ended in cesarean. This stands for Cesarean Birth After Cesarean. I dont use that term because I dont feel I have given birth to my children. To me, having someone else remove the baby from my body is not birthing.
I twinge reading my surgical report where it says, The patient delivered abdominally. Thats an active voice verbdelivered. I didnt do anything but lie there. I prefer CSAC, which is a cesarean section after cesarean.
This time, things were probably as good as they can get for a cesarean delivery minus putting my baby on my chest in the OR. My doula was there with me, along with my husband and the midwife. Last time, they didnt bring Corey in for a long time and the midwife had to run off to catch someones baby that the surgeon would have been catching. But I had a husband, doula, and midwife with me for Felix. So I had a lot of people who cared about me at the head of the table.
(Edited to add: At Magee, they bring your support people into the OR after they establish the sterile field. This time, I had my midwife with me while they prepared my body and then they brought in Corey and Karen pretty quickly afterward)
The anesthesiologist this time was, again, awesome. There had been a shift change and now Dr. OC (another DO) was on duty. She was gentle and attentive, used my first name, and listened to me when I told her I felt claustrophobic. She moved things away from my face, found alternate ways to deliver oxygen to me so I didnt feel smothered by the mask, and held the curtain away so I could look at Felix when he was pulled out. In the event of a cesarean, I had wanted to make sure everyone in the room respected our major life event (which I didnt feel happened last time) and that definitely came to be.
One of the nurses had formerly worked at a birth center and understood that Id worked for a normal birth. Dr. B. said several times...