This post is a continuation from my previous post, “Shadowing Dr. Nwynn, M.D. in Labor and Delivery Pt. 1”. Read that one first before reading this one 🙂
One thing I learned is that when babies are born vaginally, their heads may appear oddly shaped because babies’ heads are soft, and they have just been squished through a tight passageway. Dr. Nwynn said this “cone-shaped” head will become normal in as soon as one day.
A funny story: while I was inside Room 404 with the baby Emma and her family, taking pictures and basking in the joy of it all (I hope I didn’t intrude on the family moment or anything…I was just so happy for them I wanted to be apart of the special moment, lol), I heard two nurses shouting my name from the hallway and I thought I was in trouble. I ran out, and there they were, calling for me to hurry to Room 400, where another delivery was happening. They wanted me to assist again! So I dropped my purse and phone on the table and went clonking in my heels oh so loudly to Room 400, where an calm, happy mommy and very nervous daddy were just getting started.
Like I mentioned in my previous post, there was a complication in this birth. Baby Whitney (not sure if this is the way parents spell her name) was born with all her pee and poo surrounding her. This can become deadly if the waste matter gets stuck in her lungs- a condition known as meconium aspiration. Because of this possible risk, Dr. Nwynn and a pediatrician stood nearby, waiting for the baby to be born.
The pushing process for this mother was very similar to that of the previous mother: no screaming or crying, just grunting; long time to get the head out, then the body follows easily; mineral oil and other lubrication used; also a first-time mother.
Fortunately, when Whitney came out, she started crying immediately, indicating that she could get air inside her lungs. Again- a magical experience witnessing a life being introduced into this world. I left soon after the birth, since my mom expected to pick me up at 1:15 p.m., but because of the surprise delivery, I stayed 45 minutes longer. I called my mom, and she said she that she assumed I got held up from another delivery, so she went to pick up my brother Austin first, who was helping his friend out with painting. Anyway, I got to stay another fifteen minutes in L and D. I went back into Room 400 to check on Whitney and her parents. Baby and mommy were both healthy. Whitney had these big dark blue eyes and dark brown hair from her Asian daddy. She is beautiful, and I envision a bright future ahead for her.
After checking in with baby Whitney, I headed to the staff lounge, where there were a BUNCH of unhealthy munchies sitting on the table: popcorn, red vines, cookies, chips, and other delicious junk. Ironic, considering this was food from the HOSPITAL. Top Chef was on, so I watched that while indulging myself.
One thing that was so prevalent in the L and D ward was the pleasant atmosphere. When you are in L and D, you can’t help it but smile in contentment. Everyone- the midwives, nurses, doctors, secretaries, janitors, mothers, fathers, EVERYONE. was super friendly. The walls of the ward were painted this dark shade of yellow, which reminded me of sunshine. Really, though, I was surprised at how low-key the environment was for the doctors and nurses. Before today, I had in my mind a mental scene of L and D being this hectic ward with lots of screaming and crying coming from different rooms, doctors and nurses running around delivering babies left and right- kind of like Wall Street insanity. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The hall was dead quiet when I arrived, aside from the casual banter of nurses among one another. There were hardly any doctors on call- I believe Dr. Nwynn was the only doctor there! The brown mahogany doors leading inside each delivery room were closed. The only people roaming the hallways were a few nurses and a pregnant lady and her partner. I kid you not- nearly everyone had a smile on his/her face. I was surprised, to say the least, considering that everything I imagined L and D to be was false.
A final thing I want to share with you guys is a conversation between Dr. Nwynn and a midwife. The midwife started by saying that in L and D, 95% of pregnancies end happily, with healthy babies and mothers. 5% of the time, the unspeakable happens, and these unsuccessful cases are, needless to say, EXTREMELY sad. The midwife asked Dr. Nwynn how he copes with such devastating situations, and Dr. Nwynn replied that this is just life. Stress is apart of every profession, you just have to deal with it. He said in OBGYN, doctors are very likely to be sued in their careers if something goes wrong with the birth. It’s just a fact you have to deal with.
Well, I feel like I have said everything I wanted to say about my amazing experience. While I don’t think any of my words will do justice to the beauty of witnessing the miracle of birth, I hope you guys were able to feel a bit of the magic by reading this.
To those of you reading, I am greatly touched and thankful for your continual support ❤