That’s truly what Labor and Delivery is. Most of these women that are in the hospital having babies are HEALTHY women! It’s a different kind of nursing to say the least. You don’t want to make them sick, you don’t want to even infer to them that they ARE sick – because childbirth is a pretty natural state. It’s kind of a shame the way we have medicalized (is that a word?) it, and I wonder if at the end of the day our numbers of mortality are any different because of our health care. That being said, for a geek like me — it’s an interesting field. I could sit for a few hours at a time and just watch the monitors! Life in the uterus is fascinating. The entire thing from start to finish truly is a miracle.
I was able to see two babies born – one by cesarean and one vaginally. It’s just amazing. One minute there is one and in a split second (and lots of blood and glory! LOL) there are two. Both babies I saw came into the world screaming and happy…. it was a wonderful sound, that first angry baby cry.
I know this is a short blog, but I really don’t have that much to say about this week because it just wasn’t my week. I didn’t like it. *shrug* Does that make me a horrible person? I can’t imagine working in that environment. I truly didn’t enjoy it one second I was there. I though that I might, because like I said before – the technical part of it really fascinates me. I love lecture, and I find myself really enjoying the *science* part of it. But the medical part of it? Not so much. She did tell us on that first day of theory — this is a field you will love and HAVE to work in, or this is a field that you will just simply have to survive this rotation. I see myself surviving right now.
This coming week, I’m in Women’s Special – so these are women who are hospitalized with complications in their pregnancy, pretty much. I think I will like this week better than last week (I’m weird), but we’ll see. Then I’m in Post Partum/Newborn nursery, and then I’m up on the plain old Gyny floor, which I bet I will like the most of all – because I will be taking care of patients and not healthy mothers and babies. 😀
BTW – disclaimer – I know not all births are healthy and I know they all don’t end up with happy endings. To be honest, I never want to lay eyes on that part of labor and delivery! A friend of mine who has worked on the floor (and no longer does!) said to me… “Kat, it is the happiest place on earth when it’s happy, and when it’s sad? It’s absolutely tragic.”
I bet. 😦