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Cesarean Birth Patient Instructions – St. Cloud Hospital

If you will have a Cesarean birth at St. Cloud Hospital, below are some general guidelines to help you prepare. These guidelines should not replace information you get from your provider.

Pre-Admission Phone Call

If your surgery was arranged through the Family Birthing Center at St. Cloud Hospital, a registered nurse will call you before your surgery. The nurse will give you specific instructions and answer any questions you may have. If may be helpful to write down your questions and have them near the phone in anticipation of this call.

If the nurse has been unable to reach you by 4 p.m. the day before your surgery, please call the Family Birthing Center at 320-255-5745.

Food, Drink & Medicine

Please follow the instructions below. If you do not, your surgery may be cancelled or delayed.

  • Sips of water are permitted up to 3 hours before arrival.
  • No food is permitted after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • Do not chew gum, suck on candy or smoke after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • You may take all medicine except:
    • Diuretics or antihypertensives with diuretics
    • Norpace medications with diuretics
    • MAO inhibitor
    • Oral diabetic medications (check with your doctor about insulin)
    • Blood thinners
    • Also, do not take Vitamin E and avoid garlic.

Day of Surgery

Please arrive at St. Cloud Hospital at the time given to you by the nurse. You may use the South Entrance (found at the crossroads of 6th Avenue North and 13th Street North) or the North Entrance (found at the crossroads of 6th Avenue North and 15th Street North).

An Admissions desk is available at both the South and North Entrances. Please check in with Admissions. For admissions before 5 a.m., please use the Emergency Room entrance as hospital doors are locked until 5 a.m.

Helpful Hints

  • Tell your doctor if you have a cold, flu or high temperature during the days before surgery.
  • You may not take a shower or bath. Please do not shave or clip the pubic area. Use the SAGE product to clean the abdominal area.
  • Remove all nail polish, jewelry, piercings and acrylic nails.
  • If you wear glasses or contacts, bring a glasses case or contact supplies with you. 
  • Wear casual, comfortable clothing.
  • Bring your health plan information.
  • Do not bring any valuables or money.

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