Labour and Delivery Nurses..
Recently, a member of our MOBB Medical staff went into labour over the weekend, and gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy.
In light of this great journey (pregnancy), we’ve decided to dedicate this blog to the fabulous Labour and Deliver nurses all over and share some of the tricks of the trade for those of you about to embark on the same journey.
What to Expect
Most people have the misconception that their doctor will be there to help and guide them through the gut-wrenching contractions and , but in reality it’s the labour and delivery nurse. They are the ones that whisk you into the maternity ward and they are passionate about giving you the birth experience you want.
Checking in/ Chatting Up
When there’s a shift change, the nurses getting off work are reluctant to take on a new patient, and the nurses coming in take a while to get up to speed. A time-saver: find out what times nurses usually come on shift and hold off checking in until an hour later. (But plan on spending 45 minutes to an hour in triage no matter when you go; that’s how long it takes to monitor how your labor is progressing.
FYI, Chatting with your nurse — about your dog, your day job, your 2-year-old — helps her see you as a real person. And asking about her not only seals the rapport, it could net you some great advice
Finding the right nurse
Most nurses are equipped to help you through whatever kind of labor you want to have. But if you’re going for a natural childbirth, it’s perfectly okay to ask for a nurse who’s either worked with unmedicated moms or delivered that way herself; you can even ask your OBGYN beforehand for a recommendation. Just keep in mind that if your dream nurse is busy or otherwise unavailable when you arrive, you’ll be assigned to someone else… So be prepared to settle!
Seasoned labor and delivery nurses have seen it all — and they’re usually up on the latest techniques to help you through painful contractions.
One tip a nurse shared with us was raising the bed, then having moms lean over it and rotates their hips in a circle. The move sometimes helps the baby switch positions, relieving back pain. Plus it gives moms tethered to a fetal monitor a little more control.
Will my doctor make it???
As if you don’t have to worry about already… You’ve been in labor for 12 hours, and your doctor hasn’t shown his face…. where can they be when they know I’m giving birth?
At most hospitals the nurses make two calls to the doctor — one to say, ‘She’s here,’ and one to say, ‘I need you to come.
Your OBGYN’s already filed standing orders for the kind of pain medication you should have, so she may only show up for the last few pushes. If for some bizarre reason she doesn’t make it, your nurse will probably call in another ob, so you’ll be well taken care of.
Yes, we went there and you should expect it.
Most first-time moms’ stress out about pooping on the delivery table, but you can forget about grossing out your labour and delivery nurses, because guess what… they don’t care! They’ve seen much worse things so get over it. In fact some of the nurses we spoke to for this blog say that pooping is actually a good thing. It means that you are pushing in the right spot and that the baby is head is coming down.
Don’t get too attached
You adore your labor and delivery nurse — and suddenly she’s abandoning you for something as silly as going home… can you believe it??? How dare she go home to sleep when I’m in labor?
Most hospitals have 8- or 12-hour shifts, so if you’re in labor for 24 hours you may be cared for by up to three different nurses. Alleviate the stress of change by finding out up front when your nurse will be leaving. If you’re ultra-close to delivery, she may be willing to stick around for an extra half hour while the oncoming nurse catches up on paperwork.
Don’t forget to also show your appreciation to the labor and delivery nurses… a MOBB scrub maybe a nice touch 😉
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