With us being in such a fast paced world it should be no surprise that the time spent on a maternity unit can be just as short as the birth experience. I know a few bloggers who have had an enhanced recovery programme and it can work differently for each mama and should be taken on a case by case basis but I will be honest and say before I met with my consultant to set baby’s due date it terrified me that I would be allowed home just 24 hours after major abdominal surgery.
After my appointment I had a natter with Susanne (who has recently written this piece on Enhanced Recovery). Her post shares her final birth experience and why the enhanced really didn’t work for them this time.
The NHS site says….
Enhanced recovery is a modern, evidence-based approach that helps people recover more quickly after having major surgery.
Many hospitals (although not all) have an enhanced recovery programme in place, and it’s now seen as standard practice following surgery.
Sometimes referred to as rapid or accelerated recovery, enhanced recovery aims to ensure that patients:
- are as healthy as possible before receiving treatment
- receive the best possible care during their operation
- receive the best possible care while recovering
Having an operation can be both physically and emotionally stressful. Enhanced recovery programmes try to get you back to full health as quickly as possible.
Research has shown the earlier a person gets out of bed and starts walking, eating and drinking after having an operation, the shorter their recovery time will be.
Now I know we can all agree that making a good recovery is essential to the body but for a new mum is rushing a recovery really something we should be advocating. It feels a little like a wrap mum and baby up and push them out of the door before they are ready. When I started the conversation with my consultant he quickly retorted ‘ Why would you do that to yourself’. Obviously he is not a fan either. Those first days of mum and baby are hard but even harder if you can’t move from a bed properly or need help. I can see why some mums would want to get home as soon as possible and if you do have the support and are recovering well then that is fantastic but I can’t help but feel that time in the hospital is meant for time.
Time to bond with your new baby without siblings around
Time to look after yourself and take it easy without all the household worries at your feet
Time to have the support you need from trained medical staff
Time to recover and make sure that your body is in sync with your mind
Going back home after admoninal surgery with a new baby is tough and the length of hospital stay can really aid recovery. I’m relieved that my consultant dismissed the idea straight away. Those 3 days I’ll be spending in the hospital post birth surgery are essential to my well being. I know this from the huge support I had with Fizz and Jedi Boy….that short time provided me with the sleep, support and successful recovery. So should we really be saying NO to enhanced recovery?