Saturday, December 20, 2008

I delivered a baby!

Last night something pretty awesome happened: I delivered a baby by myself. Now, many of my coworkers have delivered a baby before, it occurs often in the job of a labor and delivery nurse but in my three years it hadn't happened yet... until last night. I like to think that I'm pretty good at getting the doctor there in time. An hour before the patient delivered I called the provider to let them know the patient was ready to start pushing. Then 30 minutes later to see if they were on their way because she was doing so well. Then, just as we were going to wait until we saw the provider because it was close...the patient got sick and started throwing up. Well, that did it, and I barely got gloves on in time, and delivered a healthy baby girl all by myself, with two of my wonderful coworkers that came just in time to help after she was born. It was so smooth, and I did things automatically like I had done it before (I guess all the times my eyes saw it transferred it to a physical memory). It was such a rush, and I couldn't stop grinning afterwards.
One of the midwives is always hinting and nudging me to go back to school to become a Certified Nurse Midwife, and though I have been hesitant to go that direction, this was an experience that has gotten me thinking...maybe someday.

As a ps on the weather it is suppose to snow another 4-8 inches both Sunday and Monday. And on top of that it is still FREEZING!!!! The "high" today is 3. I think a White Christmas is in the bag....

10 comments:

Sharon said...

wow awesome shavonne! i think that is an experience that i will never have. so cool.... woot!

Valeri Crockett said...

I bet that was just amazing! You would be a great CNM. I love my midwife and she always says that her job description is to deliver miracles:) I'm glad you got the TRULY hands on experience, I bet you did such a good job!

Mags said...

I loved my midwife. I was sooo happy to have a midwife because she just happened to be there at the hospital while I came in for my last baby. Brandon came 45 minutes after arriving at the hospital. The nurse was a little shocked because no one had time to do anything but get gloves on. I think you would be a great midwife, you care about people and would listen to their wants.

Rebekah said...

That is so neat Shavonne. I think that you would be a great Midwife. I bet you will always remember that.

shaina said...

So happy for you! You are living out my dream. I've always wanted to be an OB. I think the whole baby growing thing is pretty cool.

courtney said...

That is pretty awesome! The nurse delivered Eli, I wouldn't mind if you delivered my baby!

kdaygirl said...

That is so great. I think that u would make the best midwife ever and it would be a useful talent to have for the near future!!!

Jen and Joel said...

Good job Shavs. It is amazing what you remember and just do when you are put in the moment.
I too think that you would be an amazing CNM.

Queen of Chaos said...

What an amazing experience, Shavonne! God and mothers {and a little bit of a father- teehee} work so closely together to make a baby but there needs to be angels assisting to pull that miracle into the waiting world. And that was you this time around! How awesome!

Tiffiny said...

What a wonderful experience! Merry Christmas!