I had my first delivery

  1. Today at work. The patient had a history of quick deliveries so I thought it would be prudent to bring everything in as soon as I got in and boy am I glad I did. She went from 4-10 in less then 10 minutes. I hit the emergency bell for extra hands as the head was already out. My adrenaline kicked in and I was just hoping not to have cord around the neck or have the shoulders get stuck. The baby delivered nicely and the doctor walked in about 2 minutes after the delivery.

    I have come close to having to deliver countless time but usually the doctor walks in as the baby is crowning or a more senior nurse steps in to deliver the baby. It was very exciting and thankfully the parents said they never would have known I'd never done this before. That was my excitement for the night.
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   dragonflyRN
    Awesome! I feel your excitement. In nursing school...I helped deliver a babe. I did everything but catch it. I cried like a baby. Maybe my hormones...I was prego. The sight of that little one just blew me away. I knew I couldn't do they baby thing...I'd cry with joy way too often.
  4. by   NurseCard
    Good job! How exciting.
  5. by   HannasMom
    Wow what a night you had! Great job!
  6. by   natrgrrl
    Thanks for sharing your story. Childbirth is amazing in so many different ways. There are a hundred things I am looking forward to and downright scared about in my future career. Now I am adding one more to the list.
  7. by   LizzyL&DRN
    Congrats! You obviously did a great job. That's the thing I was scared of the most when I started in OB. I was soooooo scared, and now that i've done a few i'm not as scared. Good for you!
  8. by   eden
    I'm just glad she didn't end up with a 4th degree, she only needed 1 stich for a 1st degree . It was nice when the doctor said I did a great job, it made me feel better.

    I was scared when I realized the doctor was not going to make it and so relieved when the baby was out.

    I'll remember this one for a long time.
    Last edit by eden on Nov 13, '06
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    birth is amazing huh??? Congrats.
  10. by   maledi
    Awesome! I look forward to that day!
  11. by   kathiecnm
    Congratulations & welcome to the sisterhood! Birth is such a miracle & we are so blessed to participate in it. You will never forget this experience & it will happen again & you'll be even better at it then. Worth smiling about, alot!
  12. by   BirthingBabies
    Wow!! Amazing!!

    I am a new labor and delivery nurse and I have had 2 extremely close calls already but never delivered one yet... I look forward to the day I get too!!!

    Congrats!
  13. by   KristinRN2005
    [quote=eden;1920478]Today at work. The patient had a history of quick deliveries so I thought it would be prudent to bring everything in as soon as I got in and boy am I glad I did. She went from 4-10 in less then 10 minutes. I hit the emergency bell for extra hands as the head was already out. My adrenaline kicked in and I was just hoping not to have cord around the neck or have the shoulders get stuck. The baby delivered nicely and the doctor walked in about 2 minutes after the delivery.


    I am a new L&D nurse, and I got to deliver my first baby about 3 weeks ago. It was my last week of orientation, and my non-English speaking patient pushed her call light and said, "the baby's coming." I walked briskly to her room, and lo and behold, she was pushing. I told her not to. I told her not to push in Spanish. But there she was pushing, and I grabbed a pair of gloves and the bulb suction, bandage scissors and cord clamps. I also grabbed a sterile towel and provided perineal support. I delivered the baby through a loose nuchal cord with a first degree that required no repair. However, my girls at work said, "you're not a true L&D nurse until you deliver the baby over an IP." lol.. it was definitely a trip. The resident showed up when I was delivering the shoulders, and gladly supervised. It was an awesome experience.
  14. by   nursecher
    L&D is where I want to be when I finish school. I can imagine your excitement. What an awesome experience.

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