I learned a lot about labor from granola nurses and crunchy parents. Here are my favorite lessons that I learned taking care of laboring patients whom were skipping pain medications. It has made me a better labor nurse for all my patients. What lessons have you learned in the world of labor and delivery?
Feed moms or they get cranky.
A cervix blooms like a rose.
It is okay to ask the tough questions
Don’t assume that all parents want vaccines, baths, disposable diapers or a pacifier, unless you want to see crunchy mom wrath.
Babies like their amniotic fluid. Don’t AROM their swimming pool.
Everyone needs a hug sometimes.
Make sure you are keeping a safe distance when its pushing time.
Sometimes a mom will need you every minute.
Sometimes a mom only needs her partner
Not all moms wear deodorant, have a fan handy.
It is okay to name your son Red Fox. (Or any other unconventional name)
Wait until the umbilical cord stops pulsing to cut!!
Continuous fetal monitoring is not always necessary.
Always knock on the door first! I have been surprised on more than one occasion about what was going on in the room!
Moms deliver babies, not doctors.
Watching a dad and mom look at each other after the baby is born always makes me cry.
Carrie Halsey. All rights reserved.