Quote from beochicken
Just wondering if anybody knows about any free, informational (for nursing students?) childbirth videos on the www. Because of the fact that I am gonna be at the pregnancy observation ward during my clinicals, chances are that i am not gonna be seeing any childbirths.... Which of course isnt cool. So if anyone knows about any videos, I would appreciate it if you made a little post here. Thanks in advance people ,)
Please go to the director of your nursing program and implore him/her to arrange at least one observation day in a busy L&D department. I truly believe that witnessing a birth ought to be a requirement for nursing students. I attended a BSN program where our clinical time was very limited, and even though I spent a few clinical days on L&D, never got to see a birth. The following semester, our med/surg instructor (a new mother herself) became indignant when she realized just how many of us had not witnessed a birth. She took it upon herself to arrange such a day for each of us, and I'll be forever grateful to her for doing so. It cemented in my mind my interest in maternal-child health, which I pursued after graduation.
Even for those who may not be interested in L&D as a career, there are certain experiences which I believe every nursing student should have: witnessing a birth, caring for a dying patient, observing a surgical procedure, caring for pediatric patients, caring for psych patients, and providing care outside the hospital in such settings as an office, school, or home. These experiences are important, in my opinion, and too often missed.
Good luck to you1