How soon to shower? - page 2

One of my friends (also an OB nurse) daughter-in-law delivered at a nearby hospital and we were surprised that they allowed the new mom to get out of bed immediately after delivery and sent her into... Read More

  1. by   renerian
    I did within an hour but that was in 82 after natural childbirth. That is why I went natural so I could do that.

    renerian
  2. by   mark_LD_RN
    depends on the patient. i help the up the first time if all goes well and bleeding is fine they can shower . i usually encourage them to have some body with them just incase.
    with our last baby wife showered 1/2 hour after birth, we went home 4 hours later.
    so you see it really depends on the patient and the situation
  3. by   cindyln
    We help up to the bathroom the first time but usually the women don't shower until 4 hours after delivery when they are moved to their postpartum rooms. Unfortanely we are behind the times and don't have LDRP's.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by cindyln
    We help up to the bathroom the first time but usually the women don't shower until 4 hours after delivery when they are moved to their postpartum rooms. Unfortanely we are behind the times and don't have LDRP's.
    I work two places; one using LDRP model and one only LDR. I MUCH prefer LDRP...seems so wasteful to have to use two complete rooms and all the equipment that go with it for ONE patient! I HATE having to relocate those poor girls so soon after delivery.
  5. by   Gator,SN
    I was in the shower throughout my labor and when I was finally told I HAD to come out, I was fully dilated. I delivered my son and as soon as I was stitched up and VS were checked, I went back to the shower.
    I never knew how good warm water could feel until that day!

    Gator
  6. by   mark_LD_RN
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    I work two places; one using LDRP model and one only LDR. I MUCH prefer LDRP...seems so wasteful to have to use two complete rooms and all the equipment that go with it for ONE patient! I HATE having to relocate those poor girls so soon after delivery.
    LDRP do have some benefits, but some draw backs also. sometimes it makes for an interesting mix of patients and staffing.

    and what about the screamer that delivers at midnite or so, wake the others up

    seriously i like the LDRP setup my self
  7. by   mother/babyRN
    I am getting ready to go work in a lrdp after years in a different setting..We do have birthing rooms at the current facility,and there is something to be said for transferring moms to pp to make way for new people. The whole idea of this new venture both intrigues and scares me....Well, I will see for myself......
  8. by   mother/babyRN
    Ever notice for the first shower after delivery, you might as well be taking the shower with the pt...Everyone cracks up, but I get in there with them, both to assess them and to help them....Whenever my patients shower, it is a big joke around delivery that I will be nearly as soaked as she is....
  9. by   mother/babyRN
    What they DON"T understand is that I am just trying to take care of my hot flashes!
  10. by   cindyln
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    I work two places; one using LDRP model and one only LDR. I MUCH prefer LDRP...seems so wasteful to have to use two complete rooms and all the equipment that go with it for ONE patient! I HATE having to relocate those poor girls so soon after delivery.
    we were supposed to start construction on converting to LDRP but the money was taken from us to help with the possible upcoming war Military hospitals are short on funds now.
  11. by   babynurselsa
    pERSONALLY i HAVE WISHED THAT THEY WOULD MAKE A MANDATORY SHOWER A PART OF THE L&D ADMISSION................................
  12. by   mark_LD_RN
    Originally posted by babynurselsa
    pERSONALLY i HAVE WISHED THAT THEY WOULD MAKE A MANDATORY SHOWER A PART OF THE L&D ADMISSION................................
    i have wished that at times myself


    motherbaby-- glad i am not the only one that ends up wet from the shower. i especially end up wet when they shower during labor for some reason.
  13. by   anitame
    Oh, me 2. I can't tell you the number of times I have "convinced" a patient to take a shower. uugghh.
    This reminds me: I had a laboring (early labor) patient once whose room reeked of vaginal odor when you entered the room. And she had a room full of family. uugghh. When I did an exam (gag) she said, "Stand back, I stink. I haven't been able to reach down there for a while." I couldn't believe it. So, I drag her to the shower and physically *show* her how to use the hand held shower to most benefit this situation, and suggested that her husband could help her. I even showed him how to use the hand held. She got out, I'm assumed (you KNOW what that means) that she's clean. Until I get ready to do the next SVE and she says "I didn't use soap, just kinda rinsed off." UUUGGGHHHH

    Now, don't you think if she KNEW she stunk she had a moral/legal/ethical :chuckle obligation to DO something about it?
    It still grosses me out

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