December 13, 2008
I realize that lately I haven't had any good birth stories to tell. I looked back, feeling nostalgic and read some of my posts from last year and I realized that I worked back in labor a heck of a lot more then than I do now. And that frustrates me. Probably 90% of the time I go to work, I'm usually charge nurse and if I'm not charge, then I'm working post-partum. One of the other nurses I work with has been a labor nurse for many years, and prefers labor as well. I figure she's paid her dues, so she always works back there and I go to post-partum and will be the next nurse to go back if labor picks up. Don't get me wrong, I do like working with moms and babies and helping with the transition. But everyone has a preference of where they want to work. Mine is labor. I miss working with the mama's through their labor. I miss supporting them however they decide to labor. I miss witnessing those moment of absolute wonder on the new parents faces as they finally meet their baby for the first time. The one good thing about being charge, is I do get to do "baby care" at delivery. I think being labor trained, I tend to step back, and let mom enjoy her baby. The full assessment can wait. I figure if the baby is crying and pinking up, those no need to do all that jazz. But, again, I'd much rather be the one coaching mom. It was a full moon last night I believe so maybe it will be busy.