Okay, let's preface this with my saying that I'm an NICU nurse, not L&D!
I attended a c-section delivery and the mother of the baby had recieved an epidural prior to the delivery attempt. When she was being cut, she screamed out in pain and all of the staff on my side of the drape gave each other a "look" as she recieved more anesthesia. Would someone tell me what happened there?
Is it common for mothers to feel anything after they've had an epidural? I've never had a baby, so I have no personal experience in this area. Even after they gave her more anesthesia, she continued to moan and seemed to be uncomfortable. Was she just feeling the pressure of the delivery, or are you not supposed to feel anything at all?
I had attended 3 c-sections in nursing school, but they were all adequately anesthetized. Anyone?
Aug 14, '03
UMMM-----------------------boy does this make me mad!
They are SUPPOSED TO TEST THE SITE for ablity to feel pain PRIOR TO STARTING THE CUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This, to me, is malpractice. AND IF it's an EMERGENCY situation, they STILL can TEST her sense of touch/pain PRIOR to cutting. If she can feel, she can have a general if it's emergent. Either way, it's wrong to start cutting someone prior to knowing she is numb or not. I have NEVER seen this where I work.
Seems purty WRONG to me....
(just an L and D nurse here, not CRNA/MDA).
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Aug 14, '03