The Thrill of Observing my First C-Section!

  1. I am a third semester nursing student in my first rotation at the hospital. This past week, I was able to observe a secheduled c-section from the spinal injection to the suturing of mom to the newborn assessment. From experienced nurses, I had heard that I would either faint or cry and that I better make sure that I have something to eat beforehand. Well....I cried with joy for many reasons! First, it was the beginning of a healthy new life and second the thrill of connecting the dots between education and actually being able to count each layer of skin and tissue as the surgeon displaced each layer! In wanting to not forget this thrill, I decided to search out a forum that I could write and post to other nurses/nursing students about this emotional and humbling first experience. I would be honoured if others would share any other first experiences as student nurses or a nurse:-).
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  3. by   Lev <3
    I just remember being so surprised at how quick it was...
  4. by   Stephalump
    I remember thinking, "I'm so glad I didn't see this until AFTER I was finished having kids!"
  5. by   Compassion_x
    I saw one this past summer. My favorite part was being able to see the look on the dad's face when he held his son for the first time. He was crying. It felt very touching to be there for such a special moment. I cried a bit too.
  6. by   rubato
    It's a beautiful experience, but I enjoyed being a part of the labor and delivery better, personally. It was just so amazing to watch them work so hard and be so thrilled with their new baby. Not a specialty I want to go into, but still cool.
  7. by   HouTx
    How wonderful.

    As nurses, we are very privileged to be present to share some of or patients' most important life events - times of greatest joy & greatest sorrow.
  8. by   Madras
    In the OR, I don't get to see many cesareans. L&D has there own theatre for them. But every once in a while we get them up to us with other issues obviously. My best one by far was mom with a Triple A, 36 weeks. Got baby out safely and mom had a successful surgery. The whole team was clapping and when we woke up mom she was very happy to hear that she had a beautiful healthy baby boy. I went home that morning very fulfilled!
  9. by   nurseprnRN
    I still remember the name of the first baby I saw born. Zach, wherever he is, must be in his forties by now. Have a good life, kiddo!
  10. by   Virtual
    Never saw that, the hospital we were sent to didn't allow males in.
  11. by   lifeisgood48
    If able, please share other first time positive or negative nursing student experiences as well. I am finding that sharing helps us to keep our focus as a student!
  12. by   nurseprnRN
    Quote from Virtual
    Never saw that, the hospital we were sent to didn't allow males in.
    In what decade was that? In this country? My male classmates got to see births and do postpartum care manymumble years ago.