Baby Due Last Semester

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by amsol18 amsol18 (New) New Student

Has 3 years experience.

Hi all! I am curious is anyone can offer any advice or words of encouragement. I am currently in my last year of nursing school and I am pregnant with my first child, due Feb 26th which will be during my last semester before graduation. I spoke with my midwife and he says that as long as I feel physically ready then I will be able to go to clinical and finish school on time and graduate with my cohort.

My clinical coordinator has not replied to my email but prior to me asking my doctor she was not so positive that I will be able to meet required clinical hours. My plan is.. that I will give birth to a healthy baby and take maybe 2-3 weeks to myself and my baby and then return to clinical so that I can graduate on time, for myself and my family. Granted that is if everything goes well and I have an uncomplicated, unmedicated birth. We are going to be having one 12-hour preceptorship weekly during the last semester so I will probably have to make up the 2 or 3 that I miss. Do you guys think this is logical or achievable? I will hopefully be on maternity leave at work so my sole focus will be that one 12 hour preceptorship weekly and the course work for the classes that semester. I need some encouragement!!! Or sense!!

bitter_betsy, BSN

Specializes in Emergency / Disaster. Has 2 years experience.

You are assuming that you have a perfect delivery and that is what everyone hopes for.  As long as you aren't set on this and willing to retake the semester (and retaking the semester is actually an option), then you won't have any issues.  We were only allowed to miss 2 clinicals - even if we had to make them up - 3 got us dismissed no matter the reason.  What happens in your case if you miss 3 or 6?  How do you make those up - or can you?

You need to know what all your options are and how to proceed.  It may be best to not take the course if you aren't positive you can complete it.  If you start it and can't finish it - is that an automatic dismissal?  Babies are not predictable - they come when they want and they aren't always healthy even if they have been up to that point.  Even an unmedicated vaginal birth comes with the potential for tears and repairs.  Where is your clinical located?  Can you lift/turn do the things you will need to do after having a baby?  What if you have a c-section?  Can you go to clinical and say - sorry - just had a baby - can't do my job today.  Even pushing someone in a wheelchair doesn't fall into the "don't lift anything heavier than your baby" category.

Please think about all the possibilities and to have solutions if that particular scenario happens.  I know you want to finish on time with your cohort.  Is that even a safe thought?  Also - are you sure its 1x a week during your final semester?  We worked our preceptors schedule - 3 12s whatever their shift was - even if it flipped day to night or vice versa.

I know pregnancy alters your hormones.  Put this on paper.  Think rationally not emotionally.  There is a whole lot more at stake here than graduating on time.  Your baby's health, your health and the effects on your healing time. Really think about this from the outside.

amsol18

Has 3 years experience.

5 hours ago, bitter_betsy said:

You are assuming that you have a perfect delivery and that is what everyone hopes for.  As long as you aren't set on this and willing to retake the semester (and retaking the semester is actually an option), then you won't have any issues.  We were only allowed to miss 2 clinicals - even if we had to make them up - 3 got us dismissed no matter the reason.  What happens in your case if you miss 3 or 6?  How do you make those up - or can you?

You need to know what all your options are and how to proceed.  It may be best to not take the course if you aren't positive you can complete it.  If you start it and can't finish it - is that an automatic dismissal?  Babies are not predictable - they come when they want and they aren't always healthy even if they have been up to that point.  Even an unmedicated vaginal birth comes with the potential for tears and repairs.  Where is your clinical located?  Can you lift/turn do the things you will need to do after having a baby?  What if you have a c-section?  Can you go to clinical and say - sorry - just had a baby - can't do my job today.  Even pushing someone in a wheelchair doesn't fall into the "don't lift anything heavier than your baby" category.

Please think about all the possibilities and to have solutions if that particular scenario happens.  I know you want to finish on time with your cohort.  Is that even a safe thought?  Also - are you sure its 1x a week during your final semester?  We worked our preceptors schedule - 3 12s whatever their shift was - even if it flipped day to night or vice versa.

I know pregnancy alters your hormones.  Put this on paper.  Think rationally not emotionally.  There is a whole lot more at stake here than graduating on time.  Your baby's health, your health and the effects on your healing time. Really think about this from the outside.

Yes, I mentioned in my post that this plan is only if I have an uncomplicated birth but I am prepared (and happy) to drop it if there is any signs of distress for me or my baby. I won't push myself past unreasonable limits for this! But it would be nice to hear that aside from all that could go wrong with that plan, I may be able to pull it off. 

 

I won't be torn if it doesn't work out but like I said my partner is very involved as well as my family and they all wanna make it happen for me! I think it is best for my growing family too because I am a young, first time mom and we will struggle enough financially if I put this last semester off. 

 

My clinical coordinator came up with a plan that even if I take 6 weeks off after delivery to recover and bond, I may still be able to reach all clinical hours required as long as I participate in 2 12 hour preceptor shifts for the remaining 6 weeks of the semester. That is also on the table. Who knows.... I will come back to the forum if I make it through! 😭