I'm in my clinicials in L&D, where I hope to one day be hired. I LOVE this department.
Today, I helped a mom with a perfect labor, totally uneventful, free of interventions (no saline lock, even!), beautiful, only to be followed by a horrific birth that must have been extremely traumatic for her. Thankfully her baby was healthy (after heart tones in the low 70s- code status is 60), but I worry for this poor mama. The worst part for me was that I felt like I couldn't do much to comfort her, as she speaks only Spanish, and my Spanish is VERY broken. I can only hope that the measures I DID take with her offered her SOME comfort.
I could relate to her on this, because after smooth pregnancy, I had a traumatic birth myself. I understand some of what she will experience in the coming days and weeks (maybe months or years), and I hope she does okay emotionally (physically it's going to be a rough ride for awhile I think). I'm grateful that I will be there tomorrow, and I plan to visit her in postpartum to see how she's holding up (with my Spanish-speaking instructor if possible).
Did you have a traumatic birth? Was there anything that anyone did or could have done that offered you comfort? How was your recovery, physically, emotionally, spiritually? How do you feel about the experience now?
I know that traumatic births cannot always be avoided, unfortunately. My hope is to alleviate SOME of the pain that we go through with these experiences. Please feel free to share yours.
"Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now."