Nursing Birth

One Labor & Delivery Nurse’s View From the Inside

I Think I Owe You All An Explanation…. August 31, 2009

Filed under: Ramblings — NursingBirth @ 3:28 PM

Dear NursingBirth,

Is everything ok in L&D land? We miss your inspiring, educational posts!

Hope you are good-busy and not bad-busy!





Dear NursingBirth,

The blogosphere misses you greatly!  I check [at least] daily for a new post.  From all the details you provide in each post, I’m sure there’s a lot of research and other work involved, and I’m sure you can’t just slap up another entry whenever you feel like it.  Please know that every effort you put into your blog is GREATLY APPRECIATED, and I, among many others, really look forward to all you have to say.  Please don’t stop writing!





Dear NursingBirth,

Hope all is well in your corner of the world. I’m sure you’ve been busy, but just want to let you know you’re missed! 🙂





Dear NursingBirth,

I miss your posts! Hope everything is ok. Post soon!





Okay, so I think I owe you all an explanation!  Here it goes…..


First off I just want all my readers to know that I have missed you too!!!!!  August has been one hell of a month for me.  So much so that I just couldn’t/didn’t write.  Here are some reasons why:





August is by far the WORST month for my hospital’s labor & delivery ward.  As many of you know, I work 11am till 11:30pm three days a week.  For the last four weeks I have been taken off my “weekend on” to work more during the week.  Sounds great at first but in reality it kinda stinks.  Why?  Because (usually) the weekends are a lot more manageable than the weekdays since there are one-third as many scheduled inductions and no scheduled cesareans.  It seemed like everyday that I have worked the last four weeks has at some point turned into a hellish nightmare.  Many many days we have had every one of our 21 labor beds full.  One day in early August we had 22, that’s right TWENTY TWO deliveries in one day! 


Let me give you an example.  I assisted with the delivery of FOUR babies on my birthday!  I punched in at 11am and was looking at the fetal heart rate strip screen and noticed that a patient was having a whopping decel in room 16 so I ran in the room to help her nurse.  Turns out I was the only one who noticed and therefore ended up in an emergency cesarean section!!  Once I got out of that, the charge nurse asked me to “keep an eye” on the patient in room 19 for her nurse who was having some issue with her other patient in another room.  (Ha!!  Yeah right!!)  Well I walked into the room to introduce myself and the patient was, you guessed it, uncontrollably pushing.  Twenty minutes later she birthed her baby almost into my hands since the doctor couldn’t get his gloves fast enough!!!  I recovered that patient and sent her downstairs and before my little hinny could sit down to grab a quick bite of lunch the charge nurse told me that a multiparous patient was coming over from the office at 6cm in labor.  So onward again to another birth!!!  Come 10pm I was beat but found myself patientless.  I thought since there was only 1 more hour in my shift that I would be able to FINALLY eat some dinner and sit down. I walked over to the secretary to tell her I was going to lunch and guess what rolled up to the desk!  An ambulance stretcher carrying a Somalian woman (gravida 8 para 7) with the head crowning.  I immediately wheeled her into the closest room and she had the baby before we could even more her from the stretcher to the bed.  Oh and guess what!  She didn’t speak a lick of English.  I couldn’t even properly introduce myself!!  (Sorry again to the ambulance team who had to clean off that stretcher!!!!)


See what I mean!?!?


Work has been so bad that I am often called in on my days off to come in and help and so I also have been working a lot more overtime than I usually do.  But as much as I enjoy the extra money as Christmas is swiftly approaching, I am really looking forward to September!!!


As a side note:  ATTENTION ALL EXPECTING MOTHERS!!!  Please by God PLEASE keep a water bottle with you at all times and make sure that you drink AT LEAST 8-10 glasses of water (or other soups or non-alcoholic liquids) a day during these hot and humid summer days.  It seems like almost half of our triage patients per day are coming to us contracting (some in threatened preterm labor) related to dehydration.  So if you pee into the toilet and the water looks as yellow as a Juicy Fruit package then you are NOT DRINKING ENOUGH!!!




I don’t know if this has been many others’ experience this year but where I live, summer doesn’t hit us until August.  And this year it has been really crappy out.  It has pretty much been cloudy, cool, and rainy/stormy from April through July.  But once August hit we finally started to see the sunshine around here!!!   Every time I would sit down to write I would just look outside and think, “I can’t stay in here!  It’s beautiful out!!”  So I would go outside and sit in the sun,  do some much needed yard work or gardening, or take the dog on long walks with my husband.  The bad news:  Yesterday it was 60 degrees, cool, cloudy, windy, and rainy all day.  I guess that was it for summer 😦   The good news:  Looks like I’ll be getting a lot more writing done!




Almost every weekend that I have had off for the past 6 weeks has been spent entertaining visiting family or friends and or visiting family and friends!  It has been a blast but then again, hasn’t left much time for me to write.




I recently attended a three day workshop through CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) to start the process obtaining my certification as a lactation educator!  I am very excited about this as I really feel that it will enhance my ability to educate and assist all my breastfeeding moms as a labor and delivery nurse.  I have been keeping busy on my days off with lots of reading about breastfeeding, so much so that I am surprised I haven’t started lactating myself!!!




Boy was I wrong!!!  As you can see from some of the letters I posted above, my inbox has been flooded with emails from readers in the last two weeks checking in on me 🙂  One reader thought that I had been “outed” and had to abandon the site and never look back!!  (And with the recent stories about “outing” bloggers in the news, I can see how she was worried!)  The good news is that I have not flown the coop!!  And now I am back in action ready and excited for the upcoming weeks!  It’s kinda like you all are my old friends that I haven’t seen in a while and I feel like jumping up and down and squealing, “OMG!  I have soooooooooo much to tell you!!!” 


Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all the letters of encouragment.  It has really really revitalized me and reminded me of how much this silly blog means to me 🙂


All My Best,


aka “NursingBirth”


30 Responses to “I Think I Owe You All An Explanation….”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Boy, I’m glad you are back! I check often too….glad I slipped over here.

    I’ve even blogged about your blog.

    You’re the best!

  2. Blair Says:

    YAAAAY, you’re back!!!

  3. Jill Says:

    I thought about you the other day as I was scrolling down my blogroll, wondering when you would write again. 🙂 Glad you are back!

  4. Kateisfun Says:

    Sorry for cloudy weather, but glad you’re back! Even your “personal explanation” post contains great info. Congrats on the LC training. I am studying to be a doula, but I’m also expecting my first, and so I am thinking that taking on more of an educational vs. supportive role may be more conducive to actually raising my own child then being on-call 24/7… I am contemplating CBE and LC roles.

  5. Linette Says:

    Glad you’re back!

  6. Alev Says:

    Glad you survived August! It’s good to hear from you again! 🙂

  7. briome Says:

    I was going to write a pleading letter too! I’m glad you remembered ‘us’– your fans! I wanted to let you know it’s OK to write a short post sometime, I mean if you only had a little time *wink wink* 🙂

  8. Jessica Says:

    So happy to hear from you and that you’re doing well! Sorry that August was such a crazy month for you – I’m glad you took the free time you DID have to enjoy yourself. I’m also glad you’re back!! 🙂

  9. Hooray! So glad to see you back! We’ve missed you 🙂

  10. Didn’t think anyone would notice?! I was starting to wonder if you were ok! 🙂 In fact, just last night I was referencing your consent form for elective primary c/s.

    Glad you’re back-ish.


  11. Welcome back! My midwife also was saying that this August was a crazy busy month. She had more births this month than she’s ever had in her 20+ years. Last November must have been really boring …

  12. Mama Kalila Says:

    Glad everything’s ok! I was wondering what was up too, but that’s very understandable. Thanks for the water reminder lol… We just got our bfp a few weeks ago (isn’t really announced comp yet so cant blog about it yet) & I know I need to drink more water and struggling with that.

  13. Johanna S Says:

    I, like many others, was wondering/hoping you were ok and looking forward to your return! But before you really return, enjoy some you time and relax a bit!

  14. mac0517 Says:

    Glad you’re back! I missed you. You keep me thinking and you keep my mom brain from completely shutting down. Can’t wait for September!

  15. Holly Says:

    So glad you’re back! I was hoping you’d do a few more posts before my due date! Glad you were able to enjoy some of the summer!

  16. Joy Says:

    Your blog happens to be my favorite L&D blog so I definitely noticed the absence! I’m glad you were gone for good reasons, and not for something more serious!!!

    I heard that more babies are born in August than any other month! I believe it. I personally know three babies born just this month!!! Usually someone I know has a baby here or there but never three at once in one month.

    P.S. I just chugged another glass of water. *wink* I definitely don’t want my little one coming early.

  17. Katherine Says:

    So glad you’re still around! Can’t wait to read what you’ll share next!! 🙂

  18. Amy Says:

    I’ll join the choir to say that I, too, am glad to see all’s well. I was also wondering about you. We all need a break from blogging sometimes, though. Welcome back!

  19. Niki Says:

    Glad everything is ok! I was beginning to wonder what happened to you 🙂

  20. Sarah Says:

    Yay! Glad you’re back. And glad it was for good/fun and not terrible/sad reasons.

    Thanks for filling us in! I’ve missed my fix of Nursing Birth!

  21. Sarah Faith Says:

    Glad to hear you are doing well albeit very busy. Believe me there are a ton more people (myself included) who were checking daily but didn’t bother emailing figuring that everyone else already had 🙂

    For a few days there I started to fear you had gotten shut down by ACOG or something…I think I am getting paranoid.

  22. enjoybirth Says:

    Happy to see you back! I am thinking of taking the CAPPA Lactation Educator training in Oct. Did you like it? Was it worthwhile? Did you learn a LOT?

  23. Chara Watson Says:

    I’d like to throw in my own “YAY!” I was starting to get worried that you’d abandoned us. My sister is an ACNP and would like to blog but is having a difficult time with HIPPA since so many people know where she works… I was afraid it might be something similar.

    Thanks especially for your post on birth plans.


  24. Megan Says:

    Yeah! I am so glad that you are back! Funny that you should mention how busy the L&D has been at the hospital you work at. I had my baby in June and it was CRAZY BUSY. I got the last L&D room in the hospital and they weren’t able to transfer me to recovery for 24 hours because there were no bed available. LOL. I was talking to the nurses there and they all said it has been the craziest month they had ever seen, and it wasn’t supposed to slow down. So hopefully it does for you and you can catch your breath…and post some more 😉

  25. Danielle Says:

    So glad you are back! I kept checking daily hoping that nothing was wrong. Last August I gave birth to my daughter and now I’m 36 weeks pregnant with #2 (a boy). Lots of water daily!!

  26. Julia Says:

    So glad you’re back! Been reading for a while since I’m an aspiring CNM, but just found out I’m pregnant so looking fwd to your posts even more now!

  27. kaymidwife Says:

    SO glad you’re back. I was worried my new OB nursing students would miss out on your outstanding blog… I have assignments for them related to reading your blog. I’ve also referred my grad student to it.
    Thanks for all your time and effort in publishing it

  28. Christina Says:

    YAY! So happy you’re back. I too was worried you’d been outed!

    This blog has been immeasurably helpful! I can’t wait to read your next post!

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