Along with your midwife and obstetrician, you will meet the team who will be looking after you:
Anaesthetist– this is the doctor who looks after your pain relief and provides your anaesthetic. They will insert an intravenous line – usually in your non-dominant hand – and then administer the regional anaesthetic in your back which is usually spinal anaesthetic.
You can find more information on pain relief for birth here
ODP (Operating Department Practitioner) – assists the Anaesthetist
The scrub –This is the person who passes equipment to the obstetricians during your baby’s birth. They also help prepare you to be moved to the recovery room.
The runner – This person helps the scrub set up the theatre and get all equipment ready. They also bring anything extra that the team need while you are in theatre and help prepare you to be moved to the recovery room.
1st Assistant – This is the second obstetrician who helps the lead obstetrician perform the caesarean.
All team members will introduce themselves to you and your partner. They will also be wearing a badge with their name and role.
People who may also attend include: paediatricians (doctors trained to look after babies) and staff in training: medical or midwifery students.