What I Wish I’d Had the Chance to Say to the Nurse Who Took Care of My Baby
When I went into labor with my third child, it was quite an uneventful process. I was three days past my due date, something which I’d never encountered with my first two, and was at my doctor for an appointment. During that appointment, she advised me to go to the hospital as she saw I was in early labor.
I headed to my hospital by myself and called my husband on the way. I told him to stay at home with our daughters until my labor progressed further. As I got settled into my delivery room, my labor and delivery nurse walked in. She looked at me and looked around the room for someone else. “Just me,” I said with a smile. “This is my third, so I told my husband he could come later,” I explained. “Then it’s a good thing I’m here,” she said with a smile in her Irish accent.
For the next three hours we engaged in conversations about life and my labor and delivery plan. She coached me through every single painful contraction. She held my hand when the anesthesiologist gave me my epidural. She made sure I was as comfortable as possible before I welcomed my third child. And she was by my side helping me through every single push as he came into the world.
Her shift was over shortly after my son was born. She joked that she was glad I was able to have him prior to her having to leave because she wanted to be the one to help me through the entire process. And I’m so thankful she was the one who did.
Before she left for the evening, she walked into my room to congratulate me. I thanked her for being a coach, a mentor, and a hand to hold when I needed it. At the time, I didn’t realize how much of an impact she would have not only on my birth story, but on my life. If I had the chance to see her again, I’d love to tell her how her smile and positivity was exactly what I needed during my last and final delivery. It’s because of her I have such a fondness of the entire labor and delivery with my son.
I don’t think you can ever truly express how thankful we are to those who help up through one of the most precious moments in our lives. But we can try. Sunday May 6, 2018 is National Nurses Day. What better way to celebrate that day than to tell our labor and delivery nurses thank you for everything they do for us in our most exciting moments.
We asked moms what they’d say to their labor and delivery nurses and I think every mom can relate to their sentiments.
Thank you so much for recognizing that I was panicking, holding my shoulders, looking into my eyes, and breathing with me. In through the nose, out through the mouth, and relax your shoulders while doing so. I will never forget your strength and I still use the breathing techniques you taught me to this day!
Thanks for smirking (instead of being irritated) when I lit up the delivery room with profanities.
Thank you for being such a calming presence when I found out I was going to have to have a second c-section. You asked what was was making me anxious and made sure all my fears were addressed.
When a woman in labor confesses to you that she is afraid if she pushes one more time her head will explode, you should always answer the way my nurse did and say, "Don't worry dear, that's why I'm a head nurse". Humor during delivery, to stave off the irrational fears, is critical!!
I was induced and they could not find a vein and poked me about 6 times. Finally, my nurse suggested a quick essential oil and reiki massage to relax me. It did the trick, they found a vein and Pitocin was running through my veins! My water broke and she patiently and with humor cleaned me up. When I was in pain she was right there with a massage. My nurse was so kind, patient and nurturing. She was exactly what I needed during my labor. I’m a grown woman with three children and I absolutely loved her complete doting over me and caring for me during my most vulnerable time! I would say to her: thank you for your kindness, for your patience, for your commitment to care and nursing. Thank you for making it all about me during my most vulnerable moments and never making me feel ‘less than’.
I wish I could thank the nurse who held my hand while I was freaking out at the beginning of my last C-section while I was waiting for my husband to be brought in. She held my hand and just talked to me, asked me about my family, and told me about hers. It really helped my anxiety.
My daughter was born with a congenital heart defect just a few short hours after birth. My delivery nurses were the most amazing nurses, but I would also like to acknowledge every single nurse I can in contact with after as well. All the nurses that prepared and got us through Addie’s surgery and recovery touched our hearts in a way they will never know, and they are so appreciated!
To all of the nurses out there, we want to tell you something we can never say too many times, thank you.
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