If you are worried about patient dignity (I cannot find the details everyone seems to be referring to anywhere!), then please set your mind at rest.
I had a complete csection with a gown on. Obviously it didn't cover everything. But most of the upper half of my body was quite covered by the gown. What...
Best answer: If you are worried about patient dignity (I cannot find the details everyone seems to be referring to anywhere!), then please set your mind at rest.
I had a complete csection with a gown on. Obviously it didn't cover everything. But most of the upper half of my body was quite covered by the gown. What wasn't (obviously aside from the actual incision opening in a very sensitive area) was under a surgical tent. I even had hot towels draped over my arms (I was experiencing the shock of labor suddenly ending and my first surgery beginning, and was freezing.
The wonderful (male) anesthesiologist videotaped for us, using my husband’s phone. The team working on me - a team that received perhaps ten minutes of warning before I arrived in the operating room, and including a wonderful (male) OB/GYN - discussed Florida vacation plans as they prepped me. I know they handled very sensitive areas. I also know my husband wasn't in the room yet; he wasn't allowed in until I was fully prepped for surgery. I also know that nobody was standing around gaping. Everyone had a job to do. Everyone did it. Nobody stared.
When our son arrived, the nurses gushed over him. I'm sure the doctor gave him a glance or two. After all, he had just pulled him from my womb seconds before! Yet, once our son was handed off to the staff, the doctor turned his attention directly back to putting me back together. The same professionalism that kept him from gaping at me, kept him from staring at the miracle of a new baby boy bursting on the scene. I strongly suspect hundreds and hundreds of quite similar occasions contributed to that; what is a huge deal to a woman and her family (nudity and a newborn!) isn't exactly news to the attending professionals.
I can tell you I didn't think twice about who saw what. Successful outcome of surgery was what was on our minds.
For reference - I had never been examined by a male OB/GYN until the doctored who delivered our son checked me several hours before. I'd never been unclothed in my adult life around ANY male besides my husband until that day. I landed a male doctor on call and a male anesthesiologist. And I was not uncomfortable at all.
If that doesn't put it in perspective, try this: My first kiss was with my husband on our wedding day. I wear ankle-length skirts and loose tops most of the time, and I'm never seen in public with a skirt above the knee. I firmly and undeniably and passionately believe in feminine modesty. And yet when an entire O/R staff surrounded me, including two male staff members (one of whom was a good-looking doctor less than 10 years older than me) I didn't blink.
What matters is professionalism. Yes, I realize there are exceptions to the professionalism - but they are not as common as paranoid people would have you think.
Doctors see naked people all the time. It's just part of life. You don't have to fear it.
PS - in the two years following that day, I delivered another son, spent a hectic few days in the hospital with a flu bug just before then, and had three cysts drained. That involved male nurses, male ER techs, male techs attaching heart monitors all over my chest, male nurses transporting a barely-alert me through elevators, and a male anesthesiologist once again. Never once was any of them alone with me. Never once did I feel violated. And never once did I really care.
As for the gown, when my doctors drained pilonidal cysts multiple times (google it and you'll get why the location matters) it's the attending nurse who moved the gown.
Again I shall say: what matters is the professional staff delivering the medical care you need. It is not the place for modesty.
Every healthcare professional I have met has gone out of their way to ensure I could be as covered as was physically practical during the scenario.
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