Not Just a STAT Section

I had been a new graduate nurse for about two weeks when I experienced my first STAT section.  Even though I was not working triage that day, I knew to follow every other labor nurse as they ran towards the room. As I made my way in, I saw a mother lying there, soaking in a pool of dark red blood.  Her husband stood wide-eyed in a corner. Feeling temporarily frightened and frozen, I stood back, watching the other nurses.  They all instinctively knew what to do and who was doing it, it looked like they were all performing some sort of silent dance.  I then did the only thing I knew I could do…I grabbed a pen from my pocket and started writing on my hand: FHTs 30’s @… O2 @… IV in @….  As she was rushed to the OR I remember thinking, who called the doctor? Who called the anesthesiologist? But someone had called them and they were there by the time the patient entered the OR.

As the baby was pulled from her mother’s abdomen, I watched the nursery nurses spring into action. The baby was pale and limp, like a rag doll.  The baby made no effort to make a sound, but I could hear my own heart rate pulsating in my ears. I watched the nurses do chest compressions, again in sync with one another.  The mother was under general anesthesia, and in that moment I was so glad she was not awake to know that her baby had no cry, and that the only sound that could be heard was of the nurse saying “one and two and three and breathe” in the most calm and determined voice I had ever heard.

I walked out of the OR and the patient’s husband was pacing outside of the OR door. His eyes pleaded with me to tell him that everything was alright, that his wife was okay and that his baby was still alive. I told him the only thing I knew (or thought I knew) I was allowed to tell him: Your baby was just born and they will be taking her back to the NICU straight away.  Your wife is not awake yet.  You have the best people taking care of your family and the doctor will be out very soon to talk to you. But in my head I was screaming.  I wanted to grab him and shake him and say: oh-my-God. I’m praying that your baby is okay.  When she was born she was as white as that wall and she looked like a doll and I don’t know if she’s even alive.  Instead, I hugged him, and he began to cry into my shoulder.

For the rest of my shift, I could not stop thinking about the people who touched that patient and her baby that day.  Things would have been so much different if everyone did not know what they were doing, if the patient had not come to the hospital.  I watched nurses work on a limp and lifeless baby until a cry was finally compelled from her motionless body.  Before going home, I went to a bathroom and threw up.  I left dying to tell someone what I had seen, the miracle that I had witnessed, and every single event that had occurred. But my husband did not understand.  He listened to me and then tousled my hair and said “I’m sorry you had a bad day.” And all I could think of was what do you mean, a bad day?!?

When I said “dark red blood” every nurse reading this thought “abruption!”  And it was.  As the months went by, I would later realize that the unit secretary was the one who was calling the physician and the anesthesiologist (and lab, and blood bank, and…😉.  At the time, I didn’t think to ask who was watching all of the other labor patients while every labor nurse was dancing in triage.  Later, I would realize that the “ex” labor nurses who were now working postpartum were the ones watching the strips.  The OR techs only had to hear the word “STAT” and they had the OR opened in seconds.Every person on that unit knew what had to be done and everyone was focused on saving mom and baby.

Sometimes the outcomes aren’t as good as this one was.  It doesn’t matter what kind of STAT case we are presented with, we know what we have to do and we do it.  Every single person from the unit secretary to the nurse to the physician is working together to produce the very best outcome.  So the next time you are at work, look at the people around you and value what they can do for you and your patient, and value what you can do together.  Because when we work together during that silent dance, we do absolutely amazing things.

And for any woman out there who has been the mother in a similar scenario, know that our only goal as a nurse is a healthy mom and baby.  Everything we do, we do for you and for the baby that you carry.  If you were the mother who had to leave her baby in the NICU or the mother who did not get to bring her baby home, know that it is never just a STAT section for us.  Our voices may sound calm and determined, but inside, our hearts are beating in our ears and we are all praying for miracles.

 

Until my next delivery ❤

 

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88 thoughts on “Not Just a STAT Section

  • July 6, 2014 at 5:19 am
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    So, they were ok? I am yet to be there for a stat C-section but I know it’s only a matter of time. Thanks for sharing, gosh you are teaching me so much. I have exams this week and have been reading and reading your info!! xx

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    • July 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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      lol yes :) I just realized I left that bit out. I expect when anyone reads that the baby made a cry that they knew the baby was fine. And the baby was fine :) …this time. <3

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      • July 7, 2014 at 4:51 am
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        I would love to see more about the teamwork of the nurses with the physicians..

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    • July 6, 2014 at 6:49 pm
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      I could not have said it any better. As an OR circulator in L and D I understand completely. It never stops to amaze me at how eveyone knows what to do and where to be at the sound of that phrase STAT C-section. Before you know it, the room is full of staff and you’re wandering how did you know. All, I can says is that there’s got to be an angel in heaven that used to be a labor nurse giving us all the intuition to be where we need to be.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 6:58 am
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    I am a 2 time STAT c-section patient/mom and all 3 of my kids are NICU babies. I thank God often for the entire medical team who helped bring my babies into this world safely and keep me alive during one particularly scary delivery. You are all truly gifted and we as your patients are blessed to have you. Thank you for everything!

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  • July 6, 2014 at 10:54 am
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    I love your post..It keeps me going back
    Labor Nurse RNC-OB
    South Carolina

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  • July 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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    My heart raced, as many years ago i was one of the nurses who was part of the resuscitation. Amazing how many babies survived the most horrendous birthing situations. Hope this baby did the same. Love your posts.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm
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    One of those days you’re always prepared for in the back of your mind, but always praying never happens. Thank you for putting into words what all of us feel but can rarely express. On the dark days, it’s often the knowledge that we’re not alone in our roller coaster of emotions that keeps us going back to make a difference in another person’s life.
    -Fellow L&D nurse, RNC-OB

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    • July 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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      This happened to me …uterus tore …very scary but the ob nurses were awesome ..and u are right they went right into stat mode …still to this day I am
      So grateful …..the doctor told me they all did their job but there was someone up above looking out for me that day ….and I told him I know that person …he is the one true God …Who goes before me ! Thanks for allowing me to post !

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  • July 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm
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    I love this post, when I read articles like this it just makes the fires deep in me burn more furiously. I’m a fairly new RN (2 years) want desperately to be aL&D nurse. Can’t even get a toe in the door of med surg let alone L & D. So envious, I hope to be in your shoes someday.

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    • July 6, 2014 at 11:56 pm
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      Move to Pensacola Florida and your dream will come true!

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      • July 7, 2014 at 6:08 am
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        New nurse here considering moving to Pensacola. Are there many positions available in L&D?

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    • July 7, 2014 at 12:44 am
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      Find a small community hospital…they would LOVE to have you and train you! The cool thing is that you see EVERYTHING in the small facilities, way more than in the big cities, and that makes you more marketable too! Take classes like STABLE and NRP while you look, hospitals love to have you ready to start with proper certs in place. I did it…you will too! Keep up the good work :)

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    • July 7, 2014 at 7:33 am
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      Also, look at contract jobs, I live in England and work on an LDRP unit on a U.S. Base, we currently have an opening for a contract nurse, the contractor is based out of Colorado :)

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      • July 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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        Check if the contracts expect two or more years of L+D experience. They want someone to fill a position NOW. (Often during A
        another nurse’s maternity leave) and don’t have 6 months to bring you up to speed. Community Hospitsls are a good choice! Good luck! Best job in the world

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    • July 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm
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      Don’t give up. Join AWHONN. Go to chapter meetings and meet people. Networking is so important. It’s always who you know. I met a girl at an AWHONN convention a couple of years ago, and she couldn’t get into L&D, but about 8 months ago, she finally did it!!! If she would have lived in Houston I would have helped her. If you join AWHONN, put me as your recruiter and then tell me you did so :) I give away the prizes I get. I’ve met so many people through AWHONN. And seriously…don’t give up. You can do it!!! <3

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    • July 8, 2014 at 8:54 am
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      Don’t give up!. Keep coming back and build relationships with any and all RN’s that you can find.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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    I have worked as a labor nurse in two different facilities and the first was very similar to the scene you described. The second and much smaller hospital was not as well prepared. Consider yourself lucky to work in a place that is run that well in such a chaotic time. There is nothing worse than being in a hospital that is completely unprepared when an emergency comes in.

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    • July 7, 2014 at 12:45 am
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      Completely agree. Smaller community type hospitals are often not well prepared. I have worked in both large urban hospitals and small community hospitals. Huge difference.

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      • July 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm
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        The scene in my small hospital would have been the same because we care and plan for anything to come in plus we have all the certifications we need to have a good outcome. Even the LVNS. Plus we pray a lot too.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 5:04 pm
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    The other day I say a little girl on her grandmother’s Facebook page that I was sure at birth would not have quality of life! She is perfect! That was an amazing C-section. I started the induction and the FHT bottomed out and I said I’m doing a section, somebody find the doctor.
    What a miracle and what a beautiful family! The father’s brother sang to us at the end of the day: “Amazing Grace! Thank You God for All Your Glorious Blessing!
    I was blessed to work L&D for 44 years and loved every minute of it!

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  • July 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm
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    You are a very smart girl! You had the presence of mind to do one of the most important jobs. That is the “Scribe”. No-one remembers the exact time certain drugs were given, or they left the room for the OR, Fetal Heart rate etc! Yet when the time comes to re-create the story for the notes it is a great thing to have some idea of who, what , when and where! Well done!

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  • July 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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    I love your blog. I’ve been a nurse for 4 years & doing labor and delivery since this past November. a few months ago, while still on orientation we had a stat similar to this one you described. It was terrifying. Like you said, I could literally hear my pulse in my ears over anything else for a moment in time while I tried to process what was happening. I appreciate your ability to put into words the many things I’ve felt over the last 9 months but have been unable to say. My husband says the same things-‘sorry you had a bad night.’-it’s nice to hear someone who isn’t a coworker understand what we go through.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 7:01 pm
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    25 years later you will still hear that pounding in your ears and still feel sick when you see the look on the daddy’s face. I say this, because 25 years later, after my first day as a labor and delivery nurse, it still feels that way. If you don’t, you will know it is time to find a new job….but you will never find one more rewarding…..

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  • July 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm
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    Hugs. Those are more then “bad days” I’m grateful for my well coordinated team.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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    I loved that post and it was everything, Ihave been a surgical tech in L&D now for 10 years and it is the best decision I ever made.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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    Our story did not turn out as well and I laid in my pool of blood for two hours while my child slowly died. Upon her birth she lived 4 1/2 hours before succumbing to the damage done. She was not in a NICU because there was not one in the hospital and she was not transferred. Wishing u were our nurse on the most terrible day of our lives when it was supposed to be the best…

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    • July 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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      Oh my goodness. That makes my eyes tear up. I’m so sorry you had to go through that! I’m so very sorry.

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    • July 8, 2014 at 9:12 am
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      So sad for you and for your family’s loss. Keep telling your story: It will help heal your heart and it will help us stay thoughtful and watchful.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm
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    Well said! I am a NICU nurse and have had to respond to those kind of emergencies. It doesn’t matter how long I have done this job, inside I am shaking. But you are right that on the outside everyone is working like a well-oiled machine. Everyone has a job and we do it, the best way we can. It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect us, it does, each and every time! I can’t tell you the number of times I have cried on the way home and prayed for those families. People ask me how can I do this job. To me its not a job, it is what I have been called to do!

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  • July 6, 2014 at 8:49 pm
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    My goal is to one day change a population.
    YOU QUOTE
    what are you changing?

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      • July 9, 2014 at 2:40 am
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        you helped change the way we look at scheduling patients, you led the charge for skin to skin and couplet care at sjmh, you provide a voice for the teens and disenfranchised pregnant moms at the clinic, you change the lives of patients with education, follow up and being a connection.

        population health change will come next through the connections and skills you are learning now. you are a gem little bit and don’t ever forget it!

        ♡ n

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  • July 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm
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    My God, but you can write. I’ve been a nurse for 26 years, and a CNM for 20. Thank you for giving voice to so many of my experiences. Beautiful. You are never alone. We are out here with you.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm
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    After 16 amazing years, I still love what I do every day. And yes, God watches over fools and babies. I have played every role in an emergency, and I, too have charted on my arm. It never gets easier either. Sometimes we “win” and everyone is okay. Sometimes not. I remember I year ago walking out of the room that was a disaster, with the baby dead, dropping to my knees in the hallway and just starting to sob. As my colleagues came to me, the gaggle of nursing students at the desk just stared and couldn’t say a word. I know I terrified them, but one said to me later, ‘I hope I can still care as much as you when I’ve done this for so long’.
    Honestly, we care too much. Hang in there. Because on your “good” days, you now know just how good they really are.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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    Absolutely beautiful summarization of the way things are supposed to be done! Thank you for acknowledging that EVERY person on the unit has a part in making sure that all “bases are covered” during a STAT, as well as for “routine/normal” deliveries. I’m proud of the position I have as Unit Secretary for our Labor & Delivery Department. I work with amazing nurses & realize the importance of everyone working as a team. Every single person has a part in making it happen “as a well oiled machine”. We may, at times feel like we are overlooked in the big picture, but it starts with us & we do our best to make sure EVERY SINGLE NURSE has everything they need to make their patient #1. Thanks again for the big picture story!

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  • July 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm
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    As a former L&D nurse, NICU nurse, now a WHNP….. I’m curious as to cause of abruption?

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  • July 7, 2014 at 12:23 am
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    Being a retired L&D nurse and with 35 years of nursing from NICU, Emerg and L&D the most rewarding job I’ve had was labour and delivery. It has also been one that repeatedly tested my nursing skills and taught me about people, life and sadly death. As you stated in a crisis every member of the team has their job even the cleaning staff that turns over the OR incase you need it again. Another reward of being a senoir nurse was mentoring the new nurses,teaching all you new then seeing them grow and cope with a crisis. As you stated, I always told my patients, the goal is healthy mom and baby no matter how they are delivered. I don’t think we thank each other enough for a job well done. Keep up the grat work all L&D nureses out there.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 12:35 am
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    I am so thankful for the nurses I had when I went through HELLP syndrome. They were amazing and saved me and the baby. Thankful for their dedication!

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  • July 7, 2014 at 1:24 am
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    my grandson now 5 1/2 was born at 24 weeks this same way from the time the call was made to the time he was born c-section at UAB hospital in Birmingham Alabama could not have been more than 10 minutes the team of young nurses and doctors that moved that day could have only come from heaven above the speed and precision was second to none if there are any from there that reads this i owe you the life of my grandson and of my daughter as well i thank you from the depths of my heart

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  • July 7, 2014 at 1:34 am
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    Thank you so much for what you do! My kids were all preemies, and with my son, it was really scary. He came at 31.5 weeks and was blue at birth, not making a sound. His first apgar score was 2. Then I began hemorrhaging badly and my poor husband didn’t know whether to stay with me or go to the NICU with our son. As soon as I was stabilised, he went down to the NICU, missing the second hemorrhage. But the care my son and I received was amazing!! And after seeing her little brother thru the NICU window, our oldest daughter decided to become a Dr. She changed her focus a little as she got older, and is now a labor and delivery nurse herself! My son is now 29 years old, with 2 kids of his own. When he was about 8, we took him back to the hospital where he was born, and the nurses just couldn’t stop touching his hair, his arm, or his back. He was one of their success stories.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 1:41 am
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    Postpartum nurse for 27 years and remember well when I had to deliver stillborn twins at 20 weeks or so. It was so sad. The RN who was covering me couldn’t get over the father not saying anything. I told her that at least he was there …. Being a nurse in general never stops when you retire. It is one of the best choices that I ever made in life, and I went to nursing school at 40.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 2:18 am
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    A great representation of what really happens in the labor room. I have been an L&D nurse for 10 years and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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    • July 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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      They cannot know unless they live it. Be patient and grateful they try

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  • July 7, 2014 at 3:29 am
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    Thirty-six years later am still grateful for the nurses who took care of me, saved me and my son. Always will be. The doctor who allowed me to get in that situation because it was a full moon, and he had other more “immediate” deliveries and was tired? Not so much. I was as tired as he was. I had been in labor for 23 hours after only 2 hours of sleep the night before. But the nurses? They were angels. Truly.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 6:48 am
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    Well written! I have enjoyed your blog for a long time but not commented. I just got really snarky with your “just a nurse” comment when challenged on your opinions re BFHI. Please read over the comments I believe you have to be having a bad day there. This, as most of your posts, is spot on. I am not against baby friendly but the critics have legitimate concerns and your responses to critics voices their does us all a disservice. I am apologize but reading a fellow nurse respond to critics, especially critics asking for the evidence behind evidence based, with “I’m just a nurse” got my nurse advocate blood boiling. As you must know in nursing what the “evidence” shows is so often a moving target. We have to listen first. Nursing 101.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 6:50 am
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    Well written! I have enjoyed your blog for a long time but not commented. I just got really snarky with your “just a nurse” comment when challenged on your opinions re BFHI. Please read over the comments I believe you have to be having a bad day there. This, as most of your posts, is spot on. I am not against baby friendly but the critics have legitimate concerns and your responses to critics voices there does us all a disservice. I apologize with this caveat, reading a fellow nurse respond to critics, especially critics asking for the evidence behind evidence based, with “I’m just a nurse” got my nurse advocate blood boiling. As you must know in nursing what the “evidence” shows is so often a moving target. We have to listen first. Nursing 101.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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    I was that Mom with my first born. I am sitting here bawling my eyes out because I was nieve to everything that went into making sure my little baby would live. I was that Mom so out of it on the operating table that I had no clue what was going on, and the Mom who didn’t see her baby in the NICU for almost 2 days. I can’t thank you enough for what you do, there are no words to convey my thanks appropriately. All I can say is I hope one day if heaven forbid you or your family ever need a miracle that there are people like you who jump in and do the silent dance to move mountains and create miracles for you too. I am forever grateful for what you do.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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    Wow! I’m not a nurse and I’ve had 3 “normal” deliveries…BUT I so appreciate all the medical personnel that have cared for me and my family. Thank you for sharing in a very heart-moving way. I am grateful for you and others who serve in the medical field.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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    Truly an real example of what we all feel as new nurses, not just for L&D but for any unit. Thanks for sharing!

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  • July 7, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    Loved your post. As a newborn nursery RN, people seem to think I just sit, feed and rock babies for 12 hours. Fortunately, 95% of my job is the best but the 5% that’s bad it’s devastating. Thank you for showing both sides.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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    A really interesting post. I work in an office for a large insurance company and your post really made me feel what it must be like to work as an obstetrics nurse and deal with real life or death situations every day!

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  • July 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm
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    I have had a stat section and I have helped with one. I understand the silent dance it makes the most when you have a great working team. My stat section was because I found a prolapsed cord. It was my 2nd week on my own after L/D training. I later ran into the family at a local store. They gave me a hug and said thank. I love my job even with the worst days.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    This was so beautifully and insightfully written with an intensity of feeling that took me back to the birth of my last and fourth child. I was in labor for 5 days with no real results happening. Finally, totally tired out, I went to the hospital. They were ready to send me home, but I begged them to wait until the doctor came in at 7 a.m. She decided to “break my water” (even though I knew it had broken sometime during the night) and as she did, water gushed out of me like Old Faithful of Yellowstone Park! Then the water turned into a fountain of blood, gushing up and flowing over the bed, down to the floor and out the door. Suddenly the room was full of nurses, scrubbing my belly, shaving me, and taking off the monitor. I was screaming, “I want my baby to come naturally! I want my baby to come naturally!” My husband put his face down to mine with his hands cupping my face, “I want you to live!” That one phrase calmed me enough to submit to all the work going on for me and my baby. I was in the OR within minutes. My last thought was, “The labor of the righteous bringeth forth fruit!”, a Bible verse I had memorized the week before! The true laborers were the nurses and doctors who knew immediately what to do for me and my little son who was born healthfully and cried lustily!
    I can never thank them enough for knowing exactly what to do to save our lives at that crucial moment! Thank you!

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  • July 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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    In my life I have experienced one miscarriage with my wife plus five healthy births. The last birth was a grandson brought to us from our daughter. I couldn’t do this every day like those of you that do but I am grateful that you do. I don’t think I have a big enough heart for this sort of work. Thank you for your service.

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  • July 8, 2014 at 12:13 am
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    I want to give the CST perspective of what happens. We listen, we look at strips, we ask questions We often have the or pulled open and set up before you are rolling down the hall. We leave the door open to listen for the bed and running of nurses. We ask Epidural or going to sleep. We know the reason you are running back most of the time. We also know when to call out for another set of hand. I do not need alot of instruments to get a baby out. The Dance. How about I Am Counting Now, Someone here..

    I Love Love your Blog. Thanks for your honest take on things and all that you do.

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  • July 8, 2014 at 1:34 am
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    The CST above knows her job well. I have worked as a scrub for 16 years in Labor and Delivery. The moment you see the FHTs on the monitor dip you stand frozen, willing it to recover. One, two, three… You take off toward the OR pulling on your cap and mask on the run. Busting through the door, you start ripping open sterile packages, before you can scrub, the patient is in the room… No time to count. Splash and dash it is. You are gowned and gloved in less than a second, the patient is draped in a flurry of blue and asleep in two. One, two, three… Scalpel. Skin, 0330 you call out to the circulator, uterine 0330! Time of birth 0331. A pale, tiny, lifeless body crosses your hands for only a brief moment. You then turn to your mayo stand and mess of instruments, and try to regain your composure. As you begin to load suture, a tiny cry comes from the other side of the room. You take a breath. Swiftly,the doctor puts mom back together. X-ray is called since there was no time to count. All clear… One, two, three.. On to the bed we move mom from the table where a miracle just took place. The entire OR staff gives one another that look. We won this time. We looked death in the face and said, not this baby, not this mom, not on our watch.

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  • July 8, 2014 at 5:03 am
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    CCRN here!!! I work in CCU…Been on both sides!! Abruption with my 3rd baby at home in the middle of the night!! Wouldn’t let them intubated me. Lost a liter of blood in the OR in addition to all that I lost st home over my walls, bed, and floor. My BP 70/40. They had the baby out in 4 minutes he is completely healthy. ..AMAZED!! ?

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  • July 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm
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    My sister went through this scenario just this past week with her first baby, and we were SO blessed to have a fast-working team taking care of her! Tiny momma, big baby, and wicked contractions resulted in abruption–SO scary!! Praise God for amazing an medical team and His guiding hands through it all. Thank you for your hard work and for this glimpse into the lives of those who serve in this field!

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  • July 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm
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    As a CNM it’s times like this we are thankful for every person in the unit. Thanks for sharing this

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  • July 15, 2014 at 6:13 pm
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    Wow. Thanks for sharing. I often wonder what the staff in the room was thinking when something similar happened to me (STAT section for eclampsia/HELLP syndrome, I was brought in already seizing). Before the c-section, I fought with the nurses and ripped out an IV. I don’t remember any of that, but I am forever grateful to the people who were there and knew what to do. You guys take a beating and keep going. My 32 week son had to be revived, as well. I am kind of glad I was not aware, but that also means that I missed his birth. Thanks for all you do.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    My daughter was born STAT and it was just like you described. I didn’t know until later she was limp at birth. I read her discharge papers to find that out. It was just like everyone knew what to do. Thanks to great nurses! My daughter is doing amazing! Thanks to people like you!

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  • July 21, 2014 at 12:38 am
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    I’m a mom in a similar scenario… I remember being checked at 8:55 am for progress and my son was born at 9:02 am via STAT c-section. I was chatting with my nurse after she checked me and then she saw the strip. All I remember is being told to get on hands and knees, getting labs drawn in one arm, an IV started in the other. I also remember being told to drink something that tasted pretty bad. I was being rolled to OR and and someone asked how much I drank of it and a nurse said I drank it all and they were surprised. I also remember being propped on my left side-ish and having to take deep “balloon” breaths of oxygen. All chaos to me and my hubby but there were probably 6-8 nurses working on me almost instantly.

    I went back for my 2nd child and general anesthesia is so rarely used that several of the nurses remembered us.

    THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO!!! Man I feel like I should send them a thank you now… 7 years later!

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  • August 18, 2014 at 2:43 am
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    Love this!! I’m not a nurse, or any sort of medical professional, but I work in the labor room as a Spanish interpreter. Labor room nurses are amazing, and I’m so proud to work with them!!

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  • June 7, 2015 at 5:10 am
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    This literally made my breathe catch in my throat and my heart race to read. Beautiful post.

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  • June 8, 2015 at 5:02 am
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    I am currently toward the end of my orientation in L+D and this week I’m spending every day in the OR to learn how to circulate Cesearean births. I’m really nervous about it. This post had my heart in my throat, but also made me more ready to take on the responsibility of this knowledge. Thanks for sharing.

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  • June 8, 2015 at 2:55 pm
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    Wow, wow, wow. That woman was me (well, not literally, but very figuratively). I am a mother who was in L&D, bleeding from an abruption. I was the mother who was hooked up to the monitor, and due to something I did not hear or see myself, all the nurses took one look at the strips and came rushing in – me on my side, oxygen on, all my belongings piled into bags. They literally ran my gurney down the hall to the OR, and the baby was out within 10 minutes. It was an orchestrated miracle. My baby was not one of the lucky ones – he was only 24 weeks and passed away the in NICU a month later – but those nurses saved us both that day. They gave me a month with my son. The coordination of all those people working together was something I’ll never forget, and will always appreciate – along with Irene, my nurse on L&D whose shift was over but who stayed with me in the OR, holding my hand, as anesthesiologists asked me questions and I signed consent forms. She was the last face I saw as I went under, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciated her being the one face I knew in the terror of that room!

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  • June 9, 2015 at 10:00 pm
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    I held my breath reading this as this was me almost 5 years ago. I woke up at home in the middle of the night to what I thought was my water braking only to have my husband tell me I was bleeding everywhere. I was naïve and clueless at that time about the risk my children were in. I suppose that’s what got me through that moment because if I knew I don’t know that I could’ve been that calm. I remember rushing to the emergency room with no pants on because I didn’t see the point. Even the maintenance person asking me if I knew her labor and delivery was. My OB happened to be the one on call that night. I was pregnant with twins and after a quick ultrasound was rushed to the OR. I was blessed to have such a wonderful nurse that not only let me cry but literally wipe my running nose on her scrubs. As I was apologizing she was providing comfort and support that I now realize how much it made a difference for me to stay calm. I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people watching over me and my baby girls.

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  • July 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm
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    As the mom who completely abrupted and had to bury her baby and also partially abrupted and has her baby in her arms, this is hard to read for me as all those memories rush back. I am really thankful for the orchestration of the hospital staff in an emergency.

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  • March 19, 2016 at 5:00 am
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    As a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner I think that in the case of a resuscitation of an infant requiring CPR you would have an NNP or physician present, just want to make sure this team member is also recognized in the group effort of making the outcome successful.

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  • July 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm
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    I was a STAT Csection (26.5 week twins with complications) and I am a Surgical Technologist in a Level 1 trauma hospital. I have never doubted the care or the caring of my team!

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  • July 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm
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    What an excellent article!
    After 34+ years my heart still pounds in my ears and my soul cries out to Jesus while coding a little one. And yes, I don’t think my husband quite understands it all.
    ❤️
    PS
    This is the scenario that causes me to have to take a deep breath and grit my teeth before I speak whenever someone beamingly tells me, “I’m so excited! We’re going to have a home birth!”.
    😳😡😳😢😳

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