It had always been a dream of mine to become a labor and delivery nurse. When I got the job I couldn't believe I was gunna be paid to deliver babies...Best job in the world right?! It really is the best job in the world, but man did I not know how thrilling and exhausting this job would be.
All trust goes into me, a complete stranger, to take care of a laboring mother and her unborn baby. This job gets you realllll close with your patients. All shame goes out the door when your in labor and you make best friends pretty quickly with your mamas! 😜 So many amazing, exciting, gross, hilarious, tender moments happen on my shifts and that's what makes this job so unique and awesome. Being a labor nurse often entails coming home after a 13+ hour night shift and not being able to sleep because all you can think about is your patient, their baby, what you would have changed about the delivery, what you forgot to chart, or if you were your patients best advocate...
Some shifts I have to be the nurse for a mama who lost her sweet baby and I'm the one who has to take her thru the dreaded journey of delivery.
Other shifts I get to be the nurse to a mama who has struggled with infertility for years and finally gets to have her miracle baby.
Other nights I get to witness adoptive parents anxiously waiting the delivery of the new baby in the next room that will finally be theirs. Yet I have to help the birth mom deliver a baby she knows she is giving up.
More often than not though I get to coach moms in pushing and witness their reaction as their baby gets placed on their chest.
I get to be the nurse to surrogates, first time moms, grand multips, teen moms, AMA mamas, moms who didn't know they were pregnant until they were in labor, pts with overbearing families, recovering drug addict mamas, homeless moms, and a lot of really normal and adorable moms. There truly is never a dull moment in the labor world and that's what I love!
Being a labor nurse is exhausting and challenging but boy is it worth it. I feel blessed every day that I get this job as my career and that I'm lucky enough to witness the miracle of life..as my job! Truly nothing better. Happy NURSES week!