May 19, 2010
Last two shifts that I worked, I had 2 very similar births. Both were multips, with a history of fast labors - very fast labors. They both came in, almost complete. I could tell they were ready to rock as they were wheeled into the room - both were sitting in that tell-all sitting-off-to-the-side position. But they both managed to smile in between contractions. The similarities were many: Same doc, same labor room, same labor nurse (myself), same scrub tech and same nursery nurse and approximately the same time in the morning. Doc managed to get in from home in time to catch the baby - and he is one that takes about 15 minutes to get in. He laughed after the second birth and asked if this was something he should expect from me. I told him "If it were up to me, of course!" All of us in the delivery room had a good laugh. Both moms were very well controlled and even tried not to push so that the doc could get there in time. I'm always amazed when mom's can/are willing to do that when every fiber of their body is telling them to push and their body is pushing against their will. Truly amazing. But they did it, both had beautiful births, quick, less than 2 hours start to finish! and both had beautiful healthy babes that took to breastfeeding like champs! After my dry spell of births, it was nice to have a couple of births just like these!