In order to make labor and delivery less scary I ”planned” what it was going to be like, down to the nurse who would assist me. In hindsight that was extremely naïve on my behalf, but the thought of this specific nurse by my side during such a vulnerable time comforted me. I was so upset and disappointed when I learned the nurse I wanted was sick and I was assigned to someone else!
My disappointment quickly faded when my assigned nurse walked in my room and took charge. She introduced herself and explained what was going to happen that day. She fixed things that were bothering me from the night before. She had already spoken with my mid-wife and informed me when my mid-wife was going to be there.
Most importantly, she asked me how I was feeling and if I had any questions. Then she was off again to get me things I needed and was back quickly. I remember saying to my husband “wow, that girl is on game!” Her immediate attention to detail and take charge attitude diminished some of the anxiety I was feeling. I was able to relax and concentrate on my birth experience rather than worrying about my control issues, my nurse had everything under control!
As the day wore on my labor became more intense. When I started to panic, my nurse reassured me everything was fine and I was doing great. I eventually was able to let go and turn myself over to her, which I thought would be difficult, but she made it easy. She interacted with my husband and mother and became part of our team rather than just the nurse in our room.
I was in labor for 12 hours and 41 minutes. At one point I asked her what time her shift was over and she replied “I am off now.” She was by my side while I was in heavy labor to cheer me on and she was there, on her own time, when my son entered the world.
I had a pregnancy journal that I filled out every week. At the end of the journal, a variety of questions asked details of my labor and delivery. One of the questions asked-“Nurses that I do not want to forget.” There is only one name on that line: Megan Lawson. I do not need the journal to remember that name though. Her work ethic, attention to detail, patient care, and take-charge attitude has etched her name in my mind. I will be sure to tell Sayle all about the nurse the helped his mom get him here.
How did you like your labor and delivery nurse?