Labor: Part 4 (Labor and Delivery Nurses are my BFFs)
Truly. L&D nurses are a birthing woman's best friend. If you see one, buy her a Jamba Juice. And pay for the extra boost. They are SAINTS. And I don't know what they are paid, but I know it is not enough for what they do. They are remarkable. You are a hot potpie of mess and they come in, check your potpie, and act like the grossest things are just fine and dandy and "perfectly normal."
They make you feel completely comfortable and not the least bit embarrassed about a single thing. I can't thank these nurses enough. They are the ones that really get you through the toughest parts of this ordeal--the labor and the post-labor potpie. I don't know why I'm calling it a potpie, but it fits. It's like a hodge podge of terrible after you give birth, minus the delicious flaky crust.
Every nurse has his or her style. The motherly nurturer. The "you go girlfriend" cheerleader. The calm, confident professional. The matter-of-fact-let-me-check-your-hemorrhoids, yep they're getting smaller nurse. The unobtrusive quiet but efficient nurse.
There are so many different nurses who come into your room after your birth experience. And they are all there to check on you and your baby. It is a modern marvel of medicine; this many people are checking on you every hour to make sure everything is the way it should be. And when you have just pushed a human out of your body, you really appreciate the fact someone wants to make sure you're not dehydrated or bleeding or more uncomfortable than you need to be. And they are there to answer questions and reassure you and refill your water bottle. It's a strange combination of expert adviser rolled into personal assistant. If personal assistants also changed your Tucks pad.
Yes. L&D nurses are super heroes of the birth experience. They know everything. They've seen everything. They so deserve a round of applause and gratitude for all the potpies they put up with. The doctors get all the credit (and I loved mine) but the L&D nurses do a lot of the heavy lifting too.
Special thanks to my labor and delivery nurses: John, Nicole, Ginger, Suzanne, Roda, Millie, and Renee. And anyone else I may have forgotten. I wrote everyone's name down but that paper has since disappeared in the fog of postpartum sleep deprivation and moving an entire residence 1 week after giving birth. I am still flummoxed by all that you do for the women you see when they are totally discombobulated.