As a second time mom and as someone using a new OB, I have a ton of questions swirling around my head. Some of them come from my birth experience with James and some of them come from having a new doctor perform this surgery. With James, I had a regular OB, Dr. Aziz and the high risk OB, Dr. Cootauco. I went to my regular check ups with Aziz and then would walk over to the main hospital for high risk stuff (mainly non stress tests and biophysical profiles). I think this go around is easier, making one appointment instead of trying to coordinate two visits back to back. Dr. Aziz delivered James and took care of my pre-eclampsia issues and the high risk doctors managed my diabetes in the hospital.
Some of my questions are:
Who will circumcise the baby? Dr. Aziz did James', but I am not sure the high risk doctor's perform this surgery. And yes, we circumcise, and no, I don't really want to chat about it. (Sorry, too much judgement and criticism on that topic for me to handle!! I really just let Adam decide, because I am not equipped.)
Can I watch the c-section? I didn't even think to ask if I could watch James being born. They put my spinal and epidural in (spinal for the surgery and epidural for pain management afterwards) and then put up the curtain. I am sure they don't typically want moms to watch themselves being cut open, so we could even skip that part. But I saw James for all of 30 seconds before they whisked him away and that really was difficult for me. Adam took a million pictures of his first 2 days, but I still hate that I missed them because I was ill. If I could even just watch them take him out and get a few more minutes, I would be happy. All of that supposes that this baby will be early and have complications, which may not be the case.
When will we schedule the c-section? The answer to this question will come with time and more monitoring of the baby. But I am incredibly impatient and want to know now! (In my head I sound like Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka "Daddy, I want a golden ticket!")
What will the day of the surgery entail? When will we have to check in, how long will things take, who should we have waiting with us? I am a planner. It is a blessing and a curse. I just hope that the surgery takes place on a day when James can go to Rhonda's. His whole world is going to be rocked and I just hope we can maintain some kind of routine.
I'm sure I have a million more questions to ask before the baby comes, and if I keep writing them down, I might actually remember them all!