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A new life, a new nurse

Language: English
Country: Italy
Typology: health care professionals
I was still a student nurse and I was given the opportunity to go to the Sant'Anna hospital’s delivery room. I was more or less twenty-one/twenty-two years old and I have always liked children, but I had never thought about childbirth and motherhood before then. I went to the delivery room with no idea about what I would see and hear and especially without asking permission to the future parents who were there. The woman had gone into labour some time before, contractions were very close to one another and her pain was evident. Her husband was behind her and he did everything the midwife told the woman to do: he breathed heavily, moved the pelvis and his face conveyed the same expression of pain. But this thing, that now makes me smile, at the time made me feel like an outsider, a person who had nothing to do with all that and had intruded into their strong and intense relationship: in short, I would have liked to leave. However, the expulsive phase began and the unborn child pushed to get out in an increasingly strong way. Her dad wanted to look at the little girl more closely. So the midwife told me to hold the woman’s hand and I thought "oh my god". It was better to stay in a corner! I cannot remember everything in detail. I know that after a little a girl called Valeria was born. Only after the little girl was born, did her mum notice me and she looked at me in amazement. I introduced myself but I left shortly after because that moment was only for three people: mum, dad, and Valeria. I remained puzzled for a few days: it was too great a thing for me that I did not know whether to escape or stay. Maybe it was good to stay: it is pointless to escape if you will directly face these experiences sooner or later. Even now, I sometimes stop to think about it and I will always remember Valeria, who taught me, already at the time, that life is a gift and, even if these years are a little daunting and the future is uncertain, life is a beautiful thing.

Date: 11/11/2013

Posted by Janina (Lithuania)

Children's nurses have a great responsibility: newborns - special patients. I participate in the birth every day and I take care of them from the first days of their life, teach mothers how and what to do.It's really a very responsible job

Date: 11/11/2013

Posted by Tomas (Lithuania)

I participated in the birth of the child too,it an unforgettable feeling

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