What is it like to be with women in labor, day after day?
"BABY OUT!" . . this is the famous line that a nurse will
utter upon witnessing a birth. Every woman who had a child birth can
vividly recall her experiences. She can describe every detail with
matching facial expressions, from the physical and emotional changes,
to bearing down with anguish and pain and lastly, the feeling of being
complete upon seeing the baby for the very first time. Numerous
articles and write ups have been published on birth experiences of
first time mothers but what about the experiences of the labor and
delivery room nurse who is a birth partner everyday as this is an
integral role of the profession?
Witnessing the miracle of birth can be an amazing and joyous
occasion and a Delivery Room (DR) Nurse is privileged to be part of
such experience. As a DR Nurse, I consider it a gift to be part of
another womanís delivery process, a phase of life when the mother is
most vulnerable. It is a time when her patience, strength and courage
are often tested. It is not always easy to be open-minded when
dealing with expectant mothers from all walks of life especially those
who are here for the first time. We have to keep in mind that they are
in the hospital to have their babies born and our team is entrusted to
assist them go through the process. It is a silent dogma for everybody
in the Delivery Room to treat every woman with respect and dignity.
We should always remember that such respect should emanate from
the principle that a woman is Godís instrument to pro creation of
My skills as a Nurse helps me understand an expectant
motherís situation, where she is coming from, what her strengths
and weakness may be and most of all, how I can be of help to her as
she encounters a very beautiful experience that is of childbirth. Aside from the technical skills that I have
developed, I can also do some comforting
measures to ease the pain of labor. In these
times, it is imperative for us to understand
the need for touch and find a way to comfort
them. Hearing a newborn baby cry creates
a brand new hope in our hearts and no
matter how tired and weary I am, there is
always a feeling of relief and success. I feel
the satisfaction a woman feels for having
successfully crossed over into motherhood.
At the end of my shift, I feel so blessed
having witnessed another mystery in
childbirth with renewed hope and spirituality.