The woman expecting a cesarean birth should be taught the following about the operating room and recovery area:
a. Preoperative procedures, such as skin preparation and insertion of an indwelling catheter
b. Personnel who will be present and their functions
c. The narrow table, safety strap, and positioning measures
d. When her partner or support person can come in
e. If a regional anesthetic is planned, that she will be awake and feel pulling and pressure sensations but should not expect pain. If a general anesthetic is planned, that all preparations will be made before anesthesia is induced but that the surgery will not begin before she is asleep and she will not awaken during it.
f. In the recovery area, use of oxygen, pulse oximeter, and automatic blood pressure cuff for vital signs; checking of her fundus, incision, lochia, and pain-relief needs