As a first time mama I didn’t have enough good to say about my birthing experience and the amazing nurses that were with me around the clock. I didn’t know what to expect even though I had read every blog and talked to all of my mommy friends…it’s still the unknown! Aside from my hubby, mama and sister who were amazing to help me through it all…my nurses were the best. They were kind, gentle and caring. I feel like it’s a great week to say a simple thank you to the nurses who helped bring our little one into the world as well as all of the nurses who care for others day in and day out.
Since my labor was about 23 hours long(…no that wasn’t intense labor…just from start of water breaking to birth!) I went through quite a few nurses! We had a few scares where the monitors let the nurses know that the baby had “d-celled”, meaning the babies heart rate was going down, which meant most likely the cord was around the babies neck. All of this to say, I had a few scares and was ready to get this baby out! The nurses were great and calm…but that doesn’t mean I was calm!!!!!! My doctor came in and in his calming way reassured me everything was ok and that his happens everyday…I believed him and hoping it’s true! None-the-less I was super confident in him and he was amazing…as the baby came out my sister who was watching said he knew to check the babies neck and his hands were ready and within a split second he had the cord off of the babies neck.
Along side my doctor was my favorite nurse who helped deliver our little Elle. The previous nurses during delivery had already gone home from their shift and I was ever so grateful for my last night nurse. I loved her. I told her…”you are my favorite and I really mean that”. She was like a mom to me, even though my mom was by my side. She was caring, gentle and so sweet. She coached me through the pushing…the breathing and cheered me on! I really think because she helped me relax I only pushed for a little over 30 minutes. I will probably never see her again and honestly I can’t remember her name, but I’m ever so grateful for her.
I think the #1 tip that I really didn’t want to do…yet I’m so thankful my doctor and nurse really pushed it…was they placed a mirror by them so as I was pushing I could see all that was happening. I remember telling my sister before delivery…I DO NOT want the mirror…she said well I don’t blame you, I wouldn’t either. Low and behold I would tell every mama that’s going naturally USE THE MIRROR. I know, probably too much TMI for some of you but seeing my baby’s head crown…gave me the most energy and drive to get her (although at this time we didn’t know if it was a boy or girl!) into this world.
As we got through the birth…our next set of nurses that took care of our sweet Elle initially in the nursery were again so sweet and kind. Again, they let me do a lot of things I wanted to do and they even encouraged it. They really emphasized skin to skin time and letting my baby nurse immediately as that was one of my major requests. They encouraged it and cheered me on. As our sweet Elle began to nurse for the first time my nurses were cheering her on and couldn’t get over how fast she latched on. Thankfully we didn’t have any latching issues and she was a pro from the start!
Did you know that the first week of May is National Nurse Appreciation week? Pampers has a #thankyounurses campaign in which they are partnering with AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses to give three awards to a Labor and Delivery, NICU and postpartum nurse.
Labor & Delivery nurse, Anne Gallagher, was selected as the Pampers Swaddlers #ThankYouNurses Award Grand Prize honoree! Anne is a nurse at University of Illinois Hospital & focuses on empowering moms to form special bonds with their newborns. Check out her incredible story HERE.
It’s amazing to think that pampers was the first diaper my little Elle wore because it’s the #1 choice for hospitals in the United States and I loved those little tiny swaddles…especially with the yellow line, showing me when it was wet and needed changing. I know it’s the little things that make life happy at times!
I’m super excited to join my very first Twitter Party and I hope you’ll join me too…here’s a few details and PRIZES you could win…crossing my fingers you win a little “mama” happy!
This review was made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.
Hi I’m Erin a Southern girl from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers as well as up and coming photographers become successful! You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our new little addition Miss Elle in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that I run three successful businesses!