I'll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby. That moment when…

Posted by Baby Rabies on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 

We first posted this photos on the Baby Rabies Facebook page in September 2017 and it struck a chord with our audience in a big way.

Today, in honor of nurses everywhere, and the fact that last week was National Nurses Week, I wanted to highlight some of the comments our readers shared on this post.

“26 years ago we had our first child at 20 and 25 years old. We were so young, and she had jaundice to the point she had to stay under the bili lights. She had to stay a week, and they had a bed and breakfast plan for 15$ per night so I could stay with her after my discharge. The very last night, we could not come up with any more money, not even any change. The nurses saw us packing me up, and knowing that we had been up that poor baby’s behind since she was born, were very concerned and asked what was wrong. We were so embarrassed, and I shyly explained that we didn’t have any more money. Not 15 minutes later, she came back and started unpacking my stuff. We were looking at her, very confused, and she very briskly said ‘Oh, we took up a collection. You aren’t going anywhere until that baby does.’ and magically disappeared. I still get tears of thankfulness in my eyes every time I think of it. I will NEVER forget the blessing they gave us that night.” – Emily

“I had the same nurse for all 3 of my babies… All three were born at shift change and each time she said, ‘I’m not going anywhere, now let’s have a baby.’ It has been 2 and a half years since my last babe and I still love her to pieces.” – Danielle

“My husband deployed a month before our 2nd daughter was born. The L&D nurses were so sweet in helping me focus on birthing our daughter instead of the fact that he wasn’t there to experience it with me. My mom was there don’t get me wrong, she was my coach but those nurses did more for me than they know and I made sure that the nursing supervisor knew that so they would be recognized personally for their compassion and help. I will forever be grateful to them for that. This picture was taken when he called right after she was born.” – Heidi

“When i was pushing, I’ll never forget pulling my face away from my nurse’s chest to see her scrub top SOAKED with my sweat and tears. I was like, ‘Oh my god I’m so sorry!’ And she went, ‘Baby, this is life all over my shirt. Nowhere else I’d rather be. Now let’s get that baby out.’ I loved her. I can’t wait to be a nurse.” – Leigh

“I still feel bad for trying to punch the nurse who was pressing down on my uterus right after my c-section. It was a fight or flight reflex to the pain. She caught my fist with one hand, kept right on working with the other. She was a badass.” – Kimberly

“I’m actually sitting in recovery now from delivering a 5 pound handsome baby boy. My nurses were all I had in the room with me when it came time to push. They were my strength until my mom was able to get there. They were the ones encouraging me and letting me know how great I was doing. Without them having my son would have been a scary and painful process.”

“I was unfortunately incarcerated for a car accident for my first birth. I was 20 years old and terrified and heart broken that I couldn’t hold my mom’s hand or have my fiancé talking me through it, not to mention being shackled like a criminal… I expected to be treated differently but I can’t even put into words how kind the complete stranger of a nurse who helped me deliver was… I still wish I had gotten her name so I could thank her properly. After being treated like subhuman vermin for days, and being scared out of my mind, she comforted me and made me feel like a person and a MOTHER again. It was one of the scariest and happiest moments of my life and she made it that much easier. My heart goes out to those nurses.” – Lia

“The days following the birth of my first baby were so incredibly terrifying. The nurses were so important to my survival.” – Susan

“My delivery nurse grabbed my cellphone without me asking and snapped pictures of my boyfriend and I when they first put the baby on my chest. It was honestly one of the sweetest things anyone could’ve done for me that day. I’ll always be thankful for that.” – Isabel

“My wife had our daughter in May and the nurses she had were amazing to both she and I. Anything either of us needed they got, they answered all my questions and never got annoyed. After birth they showed me how they do the baby’s first cleanup and handed her to me while they helped my wife get cleaned up. While they helped her another nurse sat down next to me to talk to me about everything to watch for in both our new baby and my wife, from depression to severe bleeding and even how to help her change her pads if she needed it. They were amazing and made us feel that it wasn’t just one of us there but both of us seeing the birth of our new baby.” – Spencer

Related: The Labor Before The Labor Story

“I bled all over my nurses shoes. I had no idea I would gush blood after delivery. I was horrified, she just poo pooed me and took my hand and lead me to the bathroom, all the while I was leaving a murder scene in my wake. Nurses are a special breed.” – Monique

“My nurses were amazing! I pushed for three hours to no avail, after 23 hours of labor ended up having a c-section. My nurse Ashley never left my side. She stayed right with me as they wheeled me to the OR in so much pain. Held on to me with all her strength while I cried in pain. Will never forget the wonderful care they took of me and my baby girl.” – Lauren

“My first daughter was stillborn. The night I was in labor, my nurse brought all of her paperwork in my room. She stayed with me the entire night while I labored. She only left my room when the other nurses absolutely needed her. They helped by covering for her the majority of the night. She cried with me when my daughter was finally born. She made a box of of my daughter’s things for me. I have that box of keepsakes to this day. A year and a half later, when my daughter, Amelia, was born, as soon as she clocked in she ran to my room to meet her. I’ve never seen this woman before or after (although I had flowers and a card sent to her), but for the rest of my life she will hold a special place in my heart.” – Angela

“I’ll never forget when I gave birth to my first son, sitting on the edge of my bed, legs spread and my arms around the nurse, her rubbing my back, and I was just sobbing asking her “why did he (my ex husband) just leave me like this” she just rubbed my back and said, ‘Oh baby, I can’t answer that but he’s the one losing out.’ I’ll never forget her.” – Gabrielle

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