Nursing Beyond Birth and Babies

I've been a perinatal nurse for over two decades now. Many people tend to presume that everything that encircles perinatal nursing is astounding and rewarding. For nearly all the times, they are, but then there are such moments like the agony of pregnancy, the despair of childlessness or even the grief of death.

Having been assigned to triage, one fine day, it appeared just more active than normal. I had been assessing patient after patient. However, by lunchtime, I had managed to clean all of the beds and decided to grab a fast lunch. As I was about to leave, a patient walked through the doors followed by her family members.

As I followed this tiny patient on the triage bed, I could not even tell she was pregnant. With a tensed voice she informed me her due data was tomorrow but she hadn't believed her baby move because the evening before. Placing the baby track on her tiny pregnant belly, I discovered nothing. Instantly, I knew that the baby was no more alive in her. But, I did not wish to give up. I moved the track around the little belly over and over again, just hoping I would get some indication of a baby's heartbeat.

The mother knew. She maintained her husband's hands and started sobbing softly. In between sobs, she wanted to see her mother who was waiting beyond the triage area for her. As newborn nanny , I actually couldn't say anything to her. Instead, I held her closely and led her to the triage area and told them that the doctor will be on his way shortly.

My heart pained for your parents who'd lost her first child, a grandma who's missing her very first grand-child. The doctor came and pulled the ultrasound device into the patient's mind in order to visualize the still and quiet heart of her infant. This time, the finality of the situation sunk in as everyone can see on the monitor that the infant's heart was no longer beating. Everybody cried once more. And the one thing I was thankful for was in that instant the mother had the support of her nearest and dearest around her and the remaining triage beds in the area was vacant. It was never good to listen to the shouts of a mother who'd lost her infant.

It is not an easy job for a nurse to help a patient with a full-term intrauterine foetal passing through labor.  You cannot offer any reassuring words to ease her pain or be able to provide any closure because of her. All that is left is your emptiness after experiencing every pain and emotion that comes with labouring towards bringing her baby into this world.



To the individual, we are just momentary guides through a few of the most painful times in their lives. They wouldn't remember what we said or everything we did. They'd never know we cried to them alone in an empty area in which we would not be seen. And while we view this many occasions in our way of work, I can honestly state that I remember every single one of them.
19.05.2018 21:38:43
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