When you get to the operating area, ward 438, you will report to the reception. The nurse will tell you where to sit. There may be waiting time so we recommend that you wear something warm, a dressing gown for example.
At the operating room
At the operating room you will be met by an anaesthesiologist and an anaesthetic nurse. When you are lying on the operating bed you will be slightly tilted to the left. You have surveillance equipment on and we will monitor your heart rate, your blood pressure and the oxygen level in your blood. You will have a drip inserted in each of your hands. In these drips you will get fluid and medicine.
Often ten professionals or more will be present in the operating room. There will be:
- An anaesthesiologist who will anaesthetize you
- An anaesthetic nurse who will observe you during the operation
- Two Obstetricians who will perform the caesarean
- Two surgical nurses
- One midwife who will deliver the baby
Sometimes there may also be a pediatrician present.
The actual delivery
When you have been anaesthetized, you will have a catheter inserted in your bladder. A surgical nurse will wash your stomach with chlorhexidine and will cover the operating area on your stomach with a sterile cloth. The obstetrician will make an incision just above the pubic hair, and then it usually only takes a few minutes before your baby is delivered.
The baby is born when the obstetrician makes a simulated contraction by pushing the baby out of your stomach. This stimulates the central nervous system so that the baby is ready to breathe on its own. By pushing the baby out the obstetrician can also push out excess amniotic fluid from the baby’s lungs.