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....
6 days ago