You will be given an appointment to be admitted to either Maple Ward on the morning of your caesarean to the enhanced recovery area or to Labour Ward to arrive no later than 7.00am accompanied by one birth partner.
You will be seen by:
- A midwife who is allocated to you
- An anaesthetist to discuss all options for anaesthesia. If you are having an epidural or spinal anaesthetic, your birth partner will be able to attend and support you at the caesarean section.
- An obstetric doctor who will explain the procedure and obtain your written consent. You will have an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.
To ensure the safety of both you and your baby it is not possible to give a specific time for your surgery. In some circumstances, your caesarean section may have to be rescheduled for another date. If this occurs, a doctor will provide a full explanation.
Please pack essential toiletries, a change of nightwear, a set of baby clothes and some nappies. Your belongings will remain on the ward where you are admitted. Ensure that you have any valuables with you at all times. Only a mobile phone or camera can be taken into theatre. Please do not bring with you any unnecessary items.
You will be asked to change into a hospital gown, hospital dressing gown and slipper socks prior to going to theatre. Your birth partner will be given theatre clothing to wear.
After your caesarean section, you and your baby (or babies) will be transferred to a recovery area on the Labour ward. Once you have recovered from the anaesthetic and all your observations are stable, you and your baby (or babies) will be transferred to the postnatal ward or to the enhanced recovery area after 30 minutes where you will be monitored for four hours before transfer to the postnatal ward.