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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

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After 13 hours I opted for an epidural, which wasn't part of my original "birthing plan". That was the best thing for relaxation!! It's a personal choice and I regretted having to make it in some ways... feeling like a failure at giving birth... but at the time I was desperate and another 5 hours of that pain wasn't an option for me!
I can perfectly understand why you feel that way, but try to put things into perspective: you did not fail at anything. It sounds to me that your labour was difficult enough with posterior presentation in any case and you still managed to labour without pain relief for many hours. So congratulations on your courage and stamina!

You asked for an epidural when you felt that you could not progress further without help, which means that you have a very good sense of judgment. Epidurals do have their place, in particular to help a woman relax and save energy for the second stage. In your case, pain relief was, if not a godsend, at least a lesser evil -- it probably helped you avoid potentially much more hazardous procedures -- forceps or Caesarean delivery.
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Old 26.03.2009, 11:23
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

Not sure if anyone else wrote this as I did not have time to go through all the replies but one thing which we had ready with the bag was a big plastic sheet and towels. This is in case your contractions start but waters have not yet broken so you do not risk to get your seat (or taxi's seat) soggy on your way to hospital

I am sure all others have answered everything else!

Good earplugs are also not a bad idea so that you can rest also during the day when there is hustle about.

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Old 26.03.2009, 11:28
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

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Nipple shields should be avoided at any cost. They can aggravate cracked nipples and cause nipple confusion and poor weight gain in a baby. Hospitals use them a lot for babies that have problems latching on, but in the end it does not resolve anything because at some points the babies need to be weaned from nipple shields and taught how to latch on properly.
I agree with not bringing them with you as hospital staff will provide them if needed but disagree with the rest My hospital provided them for me and it was th eonly things that allowed breastfeeding as baby would not latch on breast otherwise and both the nurses, lactation consultant my midwife and pediatrician told me latest research shows no difference in milk intake and/or production when using the shields so babies can actually use them forever if needed

Must be one of those conflicting opinions thing you encounter n baby rearing so wanted to say the other side of the story

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Not sure if anyone else wrote this as I did not have time to go through all the replies but one thing which we had ready with the bag was a big plastic sheet and towels. This is in case your contractions start but waters have not yet broken so you do not risk to get your seat (or taxi's seat) soggy on your way to hospital
That reminds me of a tip given to me by a friend in the UK - invest in a plastic undersheet or even a cheap plastic shower curtain to put between your mattress and the usual stretchy sheet. If your waters go with a gush in the middle of the night you won't damage the mattress.

Apparently this is highly unusual but for the sake of a 20 franc shower curtain you might as well make the effort.

Further tip is not to buy a rustly one...
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Old 26.03.2009, 11:33
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

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That reminds me of a tip given to me by a friend in the UK - invest in a plastic undersheet or even a cheap plastic shower curtain to put between your mattress and the usual stretchy sheet. If your waters go with a gush in the middle of the night you won't damage the mattress.
ABSOLUTELY

This is exactly what happened to me by the way, and way happy I had the sheet. What I did is I used the one that I had bought for the baby's bed and then put it on the baby's bed once not more needed so I saved buying different ones.

Ikea sells them by the way and quite cheap

One other thing not to forget is the blood type card, they are quite insistent on it and ask it as soon as you arrive. If you do not have it, ask your gyne for one next time you go

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Old 26.03.2009, 11:55
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

I will definitely stay away from epi next time, as it lausy dosage job stopped my labor, I must have been completely overdosed. The 2 midwifes and a doc assistant were running like headless chickens the entire 15hr labor though, so no wonder they didn't have time to dose properly, the work there was really lousily organized in that Nyon maternity ward. Too many people, but always too busy, a mess. I am quite lightweight, with almost 20kgs put on thru pregnancy when delivering I was 65kgs, so they must not be used to it? I don't know. It made me sad I was unable to deliver in a normal way. The way the department worked prior labor was also quite horrible, so I know we will not return there.

They overdosed me, my cervix quit opening, I was out of it, my blood pressure dropped instantly I remember very little. They trew my feet up and kept yelling, baby was in distress, her heart pressure was oscilating up and down, then the doc is finally called, she was angry with the staff and said c-section was necessarry. Before she came, the ladies tried to fix it with big doses of oxitocin which only jammed my baby's swallen head more into unopened cervix, it was a disaster and despite the massive doses of epi very painful. It also made the post op recovery horrendously painful, my abdomen muscles were damaged for a long time by the high oxytocin (I think it was pitocin) doses, I could not lift anything for couple of months.

So, in some instances, epidural is known to hinder natural birth, it can slow it down, I do have a feeling though it was just a bad job on the staff side, not the actual epi's fault.

I would say it would be a safe bet to avoid Nyon hospital.
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Old 26.03.2009, 15:31
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

[quote=MusicChick;427472]...So, in some instances, epidural is known to hinder natural birth, it can slow it down, I do have a feeling though it was just a bad job on the staff side, not the actual epi's fault...

Oh, yes, it was the epidural's fault. You see, this is a textbook example of how epidurals stall birth, cause sharp drop in blood pressure and hence foetal distress and subsequent instrumental delivery (which I am sure the hospital blamed on everything else but the epidural).

In thebrynster's example, epidural was administered when her energy level was so low that the rest from pain probably helped her regain some strength needed to push the baby out. In her case it worked, but because you never know how and whether it is going to work, it is best to try without it.
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In thebrynster's example, epidural was administered when her energy level was so low that the rest from pain probably helped her regain some strength needed to push the baby out. In her case it worked, but because you never know how and whether it is going to work, it is best to try without it.
Epidural was demanded by me as soon I was allowed to have it. Couldn't be ar$ed with all that pain if there is something to stop it - no sense in being a hero. The baby was born "fairly" smoothly although they dropped the epidural dose for the final stage of the birth which I thought was a bit rough but apparently you have to feel a bit to know when to push.

Would have had a general anaesthetic if it had been offered.
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Old 26.03.2009, 15:48
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

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There is nothing particularly heroic about enduring childbirth pain and taking epidual is no sign of weakness. Of course we would all like to have pain-free childbirth, the problem is that epidural is a double-edged sword and can cause more problems than it resolves.

When I read about MusicChick's long post-Caesarean recovery, I realised that she went through much more pain with epidural than I did without it.
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...So, in some instances, epidural is known to hinder natural birth, it can slow it down, I do have a feeling though it was just a bad job on the staff side, not the actual epi's fault...

Oh, yes, it was the epidural's fault. You see, this is a textbook example of how epidurals stall birth, cause sharp drop in blood pressure and hence foetal distress and subsequent instrumental delivery (which I am sure the hospital blamed on everything else but the epidural).

In thebrynster's example, epidural was administered when her energy level was so low that the rest from pain probably helped her regain some strength needed to push the baby out. In her case it worked, but because you never know how and whether it is going to work, it is best to try without it.

I have goven birth twice - once with an epi and I can honestly say if we had another - I would have an epi again. I was very aware of the risks of having an epi - but for me the pain was so intense i was in floods of tears and couldnt relax. Therefore I had a light epi - I could still feel the contractions and managed to push him out in 20 mins - not too bad. HOWEVER i do know many womem who have had a tough time.

i think when it comes down to it - you just need to be flexible and understand the risks etc of all the different elements
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

I arrived at hospital and after an hour asked for pain medication and was told I was too far gone to have anything but an epidural. I asked for one, it took about 40 minutes for the anaesthetist and it took at least half an hour for two of them to administer it. I then had 20 minutes of bliss before it wore off and as the baby had moved down and I was ready to push there was nothing they could do. The midwife did give me acupuncture in my feet which was meant to help in some way with the baby coming out but it was very difficult to want to push with 5 needles poking out of each foot! At least the whole thing was over reasonably quickly and it was a lovely 20 minutes!
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

This thread is about what to take to the hospital.

Pain management was discussed here: Pain relief during childbirth?
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This thread is about what to take to the hospital.
Yo, next time I am delivering I am bringing doula with me, that's fo sho!...

Thanks for the link.
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

Hello everyone,

I will be delivering at the Zurich Unispital soon. Any recommendations on what to take along in my hospital bag? What is provided already and what not to forget??

Do they allow laptops and mobile phones? Is there a wireless network available to keep busy during the long in between hours...

Any other pointers from ladies who have recently delivered there are highly welcome.

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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

I also found it helpful to have some yoga pants and a hoodie, or something you feel comfortable wandering around the hospital in, post-birth. Since the stay is longer than in the U.S., you end up walking around the halls and garden a bit...and I liked being able to get out of my p.j.'s.
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Is there a wireless network available to keep busy during the long in between hours...
there's wireless, but not for patients (unless you happen to have a Uni access code).

Other things to bring:

-earplugs
-student id (discounts at the cafeteria)
-photo camera
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

There was free wireless available while I was at USZ at the end of 2009 (in the ward before delivery, in the delivery room and in the ward after delivery). Not sure if it's still available now but it would seem strange if they removed it, maybe they charge for it now?. You need to enter a password that is on the little card they give you that plugs in to your phone (not sure when you get this if you're not staying on the ward) if I remember correctly. The instructions were in the information book in the room or I'm sure one of the staff will help.
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