This is how I feel when I go to work.
This is how I feel when someone thinks their water broke…and they’re not wearing a pad.
This is how I feel when every single person that comes into triage is SROMed or 8cms.
This is what I imagine my patients must be thinking when I do a vaginal exam.
This is what my face looks like when I’m doing a vag exam and it’s super posterior (I have tiny hands!)
This is how I feel when the doctor says ‘failure to progress’ at 5 o’clock.
This is what I look like trying to eat before my multip delivers.
You can talk about body fluids and body parts while I’m eating, but this will make me want to throw up.
….and then this is how I feel ….
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.
This is how I feel when she delivers with one push.
This is how I feel when my patient delivers without an episiotomy or a laceration.
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.
This is how I looked during a STAT as a new grad.
This is how I look during a STAT now (um, with a good charge nurse!).
This is what I’m really doing during a STAT (then and now).
This is how I feel when the baby latches on the first time he’s put to the breast.
This is how I feel when a patient has an anterior lip, and then 15 mins in left lateral gets me a baby.
This is how I feel when something is nicked in the OR during a cesarean delivery.
This is how I feel when the grandmother says “that baby needs a bottle”.
This is how I feel now that you have to be at least 39 weeks to electively induce a patient.
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.
This is how I feel when I leave work.
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!
Until my next delivery ❤
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