I will give you both my experiences b/c both were differant.
Unless breech baby suddenly flips I'll be having my first c-section next week. Couple basic questions:
How long after the procedure can I eat?? Can I eat normal food (i.e. more than broth/jello) or not for a day or two? I know I will be hungry after NOT eating but maybe I won't feel it due to all the meds?
with each baby I had to call my OB's office and tell the nurse I was ready for solids b/c the nurse's wouldn't do it b/c they have a 24 hour policy. I'm sorry you can't make a pg person who's been eating for 2 suddenly stop eating. Not going to happen. Thankfully my nurse understood.
How long until you can hold the baby?
Our first two as soon as baby is cleaned up, weighed and done with apgar testing (10 mins maybe) they had baby straight to dad who brings baby to me to see :) As soon as I'm stiched up and propped up, I held baby down to recovery. We got an hour with them and then baby and daddy go to nursery for about an hour to get a bath and get observed.
NOW THIS HOSPITAL, baby doesn't leave your side, she is immediately placed skin to skin to you and everything is done bedside. You hold her from the OR to recovery and all check in procedures are done in the recovery room next to your bed so, the nurses come to you :)
If YOU can't hold the baby for awhile, can DH??
Hubby was always the first one's to hold them. At our last hospital, daddy carried baby down our first to recovery just b/c I was afraid I was going to drop him b/c I was so drugged up (emergency c/s) but the second one I carried.
At this hospital If I'm not able to hold baby they highly encourage dad's to do the skin to skin since mom can't. :) And check in is still done bedside.
How long until you can feed the baby?
I was able to the first time in recovery once I was sat up, but it was my responsibility to do it (they weren't very bfing friendly)
This hospital, they encourage it and chart it for the LC's if you were given the opportunity and able to BF in recovery. It's encouraged so as soon as you get into recovery. They will have a nurse there to start helping baby latch on.
How long from the time the procedure starts, on average, does it take until baby is born?
My first was a differant story it was emergency everything happened in less than 10 mins but again it was emergency.
I know with this one and our second you get there at 5:30am surgery doesn't start until 7am Once the procedure starts, I would say a matter of minutes. The longest part is putting up the curtains, making sure your numb and stitching you back up. Honestly after you hear baby scream, everything else is a blurr....You watch in amazement, and see that first special bond between child and daddy (I love it). The look on his face and bringing baby back to you is priceless :) I love that he gets to do everything first with them just b/c I carried her and felt all her kicks, but daddy gets that first "cut the cord, first hold etc". It's great! His reaction and smile and "proud daddy" moment is priceless in my opinion.
Once baby is out and getting cleaned up it's maybe 5-10 mins before daddy brings her over, but like I said, I don't mind, it goes by so quick, and him snapping pics away and this reaction is priceless IMO. Plus I get to hold her down the hallway and feed her for the first time. :)
Usually (with my last two) betime baby was cleaned, and they were done with her feet prints, and all that I was done being stitched up. My dr is very old fashioned and pretty quick (or has been with my last two) so I would say you shouldn't be in the OR long, plus they have so many procedures to do after you, they don't want you in there very long :)