This is Labor and Delivery

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This is how I feel when I go to work.

 

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This is how I feel when someone thinks their water broke…and they’re not wearing a pad.
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This is how I feel when every single person that comes into triage is SROMed or 8cms.

 

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This is what I imagine my patients must be thinking when I do a vaginal exam.

 

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This is what my face looks like when I’m doing a vag exam and it’s super posterior (I have tiny hands!)
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This is how I feel when the doctor says ‘failure to progress’ at 5 o’clock.

 

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This is what I look like trying to eat before my multip delivers.
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You can talk about body fluids and body parts while I’m eating, but this will make me want to throw up.

 

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….and then this is how I feel ….
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This is how I feel when my patient is complete, but I lie and say she’s 7 so that the doc will give her a chance to labor down.

 

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This is how I feel when she delivers with one push.

 

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This is how I feel when my patient delivers without an episiotomy or a laceration.

 

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This is how I feel when I spend all day helping a mom breastfeed and I come back the next day and she’s been given formula.
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This is how I looked during a STAT as a new grad.

 

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This is how I look during a STAT now (um, with a good charge nurse!).

 

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This is what I’m really doing during a STAT (then and now).
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This is how I feel when the baby latches on the first time he’s put to the breast.

 

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This is how I feel when a patient has an anterior lip, and then 15 mins in left lateral gets me a baby.
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This is how I feel when something is nicked in the OR during a cesarean delivery.

 

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This is how I feel when the grandmother says “that baby needs a bottle”.
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This is how I feel now that you have to be at least 39 weeks to electively induce a patient.

 

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This is how I feel when a patient says they don’t want an epidural and no, they didn’t go to any prenatal classes.
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This is how I feel when I leave work.

 

Mom and Link
And this is why I go back.

 I love love love labor and delivery!  It’s crazy and chaotic and there are times when it’s heartbreaking and times when it’s gross, but in the end, the moments that we spend with our patients are so beautiful.  Lots of love to all of my labor patients!

This is Triage

Until my next delivery ❤

 


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Anonymous
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Funny lady!

histruthnlove
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Love it!!

Anonymous
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Omg that is hilarious and true!! I want to add one about this is how I feel when I check the wrong orifice :((((

Anonymous
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And here I thought I was the only one that did this.

Anonymous
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no way!

Anonymous
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Well you shouldn’t be a midwife if you can’t tell the difference…you should be ashamed to even write such a comment!

Deborah Carron Koch
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No truer words were spoken!!

Tina
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LOVE IT!!!!!

Anonymous
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Love love love it! Sooooooo true. Esp. Last comment.

Akendra12
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LOVE IT!

Anonymous
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Amen.

David Hicks
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You mastered controlled chaos long ago, and have the special ability to keep the patient’s welfare first. Delivery is my idea of multi-tasking, and you do it with enthusiasm and skill. Thousands of babies got a better start because you were there. Blessings and best wishes. DAD

Anonymous
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So true, and funny, I could not stop laughing???????

Anonymous
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Love this! So very true, so very true.

Louise Thompson Brooks
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I love the fact that you care that a baby is breastfed. From that… to all the other points, I can see your concern is for the mother and baby… God bless you. Would… that there were more nurses like you! ;-)

Peggy Stoks
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Creative and awesome and true! Now, can you find a clip to represent what it’s like to go under the drapes and place four rectal Cytotec DURING a cesarean?

Anonymous
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I love labor and delivery, Boy, do I miss it

Anonymous
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Love it! And so true!

Anonymous
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this was awesome…very creative, yet absolutely spot on

mona d.
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All that is soooo true. And that is why I loved loved loved being an L&D nurse. Miss it so much since I’ve retired.

Nan Boome
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These are so true especially no 12

Anonymous
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So true Barb. Hope you are meeting your new profession with just as much enthusiasm but we miss you in our L&D.

Betty
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My comment above

Anonymous
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LMAO it is so true loved it

Mary Beth
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Thirty plus years in L&D…retired after 43 years in women’s health. I KNOW how incredible women are! Miss it … Never lost the awe and wonder helping birth a baby!!

Nicolette Gawthrop
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This is awesome, lady. I may be a little emotionally unstable, but I teared up a little!

Anonymous
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I loved my Job and miss everyone that I worked with.

quiltmama
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but she prob was not given a bottle she asked for it

Katie Seregny
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Enjoyed your choice of photos n clips, illustrative of the world of hospital L n D nursing! After 20 years I miss it. Catching a baby who flew out precipitously is missing, tho!

Anonymous
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This is fantastic! It’s great to know we all feel the similiar e on the inside even when everyone sees us as cool and calm on the outside. Thanks for the laughs!

Anonymous
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thank you for being so positive and touching on all the wonderful moments about being a nurse. I love my job and am proud to be a nurse. I hate it when nurses write about nursing in negative ways. Where else could you empower a woman to be her strongest self? Use your wisdom to say just the right thing to the family who just lost their precious baby? Stand by with pride and joy when a new mom says “I couldn’t have done it without you” even though she could have, you gave her strength and support to make… Read more »
Anonymous
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Must go for OB doctors, too, since my daughter is one, and she sent me this. Very proud of all you ladies!

Joan Fellows
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After almost 20yrs in L&D went to work in an OB/Gyn office but still miss the hospital (sometimes)

Neil Sorrells
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When I was ready to ask for critz on my short story ‘Babylon,” “Evil Beyond our Wildest Nightmares,” a look at a successful Obstetrician on the job, I passed it on to a few radical publications, and friends. When they said my facts were straight, I released it as creative non-fiction, and posted it for my longtime writers group. This group is like an on line magazine, where other Christian writers can critz what they want. With 100 members I have always received excellent help in the past, but only a few interested parties. Then if you get five posted… Read more »
LIliya
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It’s funny to realize that it doesn’t matter whether you work as an OB nurse in Texas or Wisconsin or anywhere else, we feel the same and pull the same little tricks. But I never, ever ever lie to the doctor that my patient is 7 cm dilated when she’s complete. I keep them at 9 for a while;) But 7 sounds much better. Thank you!

Arlene
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You forgot the baby daddy, and the new boyfriend and sometimes the gay best friend….LOL

lindastorknurse
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I LOVE this! Thank you for sharing. You have a wonderful sense of humor–as is a necessity in L&D! After 30 plus years, I still hold this job as sacred….ushering in new souls. Bless you. ? Namasté.

Carol Cassara (@ccassara)
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Cracking. Up.
Carol
http://www.carolcassara.com

Attie Sandink
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This is exactly how I feel and I have been at it for over 40 years ;.-)

ruby
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You Guys Great!!! I’m not a nurse but I’ve helped 5 Mom’s from Dr appt. all the way through to Birth, and I’m starting on number 6. I Love it but it’s not easy. You all should be paid a LOT!!! More Money!!!

Anonymous
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Thank you so much for this!

Elaine Plummer
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One of my most favorite jobs ever was as a labor and delivery nurse in a high risk unit. Loved it and absolutely love your creative depiction of the experience!

Donna Zelazoski
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This is absolutely great, and oh so true!!

Anonymous
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I didn’t want (and didn’t get) an epidural, and I never went to any pre-natal classes. I delivered my second kid the same way, too.

Anonymous
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I work in a small hospital in California with a very low percentage of C/Sections and epidurals. Patients come to us with or without prenatal classes and they do a wonderful job. As nurses we are the ones who can support and help them to go through labor with or without epidural. We want our patients to leave our hospital thinking they did their best to have their dream birth… That does not always happen but we do our best.

Anonymous
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Same here. First baby was 8.13 and 22.5 inches and was born in 2002. Second was 7.9 and 21 inches and was born 4 weeks ago. Both were induced. First labor was 9 hours from start of pitocin to finish and second was 10 hours from start of pitocin to finish. Had awful back labor with second baby but both kiddos came out after 3 pushes :)

Anonymous
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Made me laugh, especially the breech, cord prolapse, yes it happeneD to me, and yes, remember throwing up afterwards – 25 weeker – eeekkk xxx

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Katherine White
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Wish you’d been my nurse instead of Nurse Ratchett. Thanks for your good work.

Heather
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So I’m not an L&D nurse, but I am a mom (who 2nd time around gave birth with no pain meds, Pitocin and thank GOD she came out after 2 1/2 pushes!). I had #1 in 2007 without the benefit of prenatal classes, and full intentions of an epidural, but got to 9.5cm before I felt the need to ask for one. I give my L&D nurse so much credit – she was so supportive but didn’t sugar coat things either. She made it very clear that I’d passed the point of no return (LOL), and even with an epidural… Read more »
Anonymous
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I love it!!!!! How about one where you have a precipitous delivery, the head turtles , you call for McRoberts , while supporting the head, pushing her legs back with your body and doing the maneuver with your free hand…. As the ER doc says, “Mc what?!!!”

beadstork
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I LOVE this! One of my L&D nurse friends posted a link on FB to this post. So glad I found you! I am an OB/Gyn and I have a WordPress blog called Rants From The Crib. Come visit me some time! (Now I have to get to bed because I’m on call and I just did a patient transport – another thing that makes me feel like dancing!)

Arwen
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“This is how I feel when my patient is complete, but I lie and say she’s 7 so that the doc will give her a chance to labor down:” Wow…that is utter malpractice. Lying about a patient’s state to the doctor in charge is letting ideology instead of the patient’s actual needs color your judgement. How about you post a snarky image about how you feel when your hospital is sued because a baby was brain-damaged because you let the mom labor when the OB in charge–who has more medical training than you–would have moved on to a c-section, because… Read more »
Llw23
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Ok. But before the 39 week rule was put into place, way too many doctors were allowing convenience or elective iol’s or c/s’s and most babies ended up in the NICU because there edc’s were not correct or the baby truly was NOT ready to come yet. Baby’s should not be delivered earlier unless mom or baby is having a major problem. Also, when you have a doctor who actually has critical thinking skills, they will recognize that a mom or baby is in true distress and they will deliver the baby earlier. If a doc can’t figure that out… Read more »
Anonymous
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Wow Arwen… Way to be a buzz kill on a funny blog!!! You clearly are not a labor nurse …you would know that “laboring down” has been scientifically proven to benefit mom and baby …not a cause of fetal distress. what ur not realizing is that she is speaking about an instance where it would apply, tho she did not say this, I’m sure she would NOT allow a pt to labor down if the baby showed signs of distress, also the MD would not either no matter what exam the nurse says the baby would still come first! Breastfeeding… Read more »
Anonymous
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Arwen…You are the ONLY NEGATIVE person posting to this incredibly positive, funny, and enlightening article. Please take your cynical and warped thoughts elsewhere, so the rest of us can enjoy the positive stories that patients and nurses in Woman’s Health can enjoy!

Shelley, unfortunately, I needed to retire early due to a disability… I miss working L & D so much. Thank you for helping me remember how wonderful it was. You capture so much of the emotional roller coaster in your writing!

Anonymous
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True that. All of that, sister.

beccolina
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I’m expecting #5. I loved the L&D nurses I had for my 4th. I’m so sad that they won’t be here this time, since they were traveling nurses. They were so calm, and kept a wonderfully quiet, calm atmosphere for me to labor in. I had an awesome doctor too, but the nurses were there more. I love this series of graphics.

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