I recently threw away my NRP book from the late 90’s. A friend told me there is a newer version out. Like many things policies and procedures are revised. I have been thinking of taking a CPR recertification course lately. I will have to obtain my Doctor’s permission first due to the extent of my injuries. I think that I would have a difficult time with the chest compressions. In most instances if a medical emergency was to occur at a school or airport, an AED would be available to use by people trained to use them. CPR is an important procedure to learn. You never know when you might have to use it. This year resolve to learn CPR. Lives can be saved when CPR is initiated as quickly as possible. For mor information check out your local American Red Cross for information about CPR certification.http://www.redcross.org/lp/cpr-first-aid-aed-certification-hero?scode=PSG00000E017&subcode=paidregistration&gclid=Cj0KEQiAiamlBRCgj83PiYm6–gBEiQArnojD7XeO5vtLdLlbXMgmDqMhhD3nXeDjxG7TQ3DTMdFgycaArmg8P8HAQ.
When I worked as a labor and delivery nurse, I met a lot of women from many different backgrounds. So many times these women would hug me and thank me for getting them through their labor. I would always thank them for letting me be a part of their special day. I gave them hope and encouragement. Hope for a new beginning with their new baby. Many of these women were teen mothers. I wonder where these women are in their lives today. I gave them special gifts. I gave them the gift of encouragement. I would encourage all of the teen mothers I took care of to go back to school. Education is the foundation for a strong future for both the young teen and the baby she is raising. The key is……Does the young teen have a family who will support her? Many of these girls need strong mentors in their lives. There needs to be more programs set up for this. Once a teen mother has gone back to her old ways of thinking, she is at risk for having another baby. What will prevent this from happening? I would have to call it….. educate, prevent, empower. We need to educate young teens before they even are sexually active. Communication is the key. Parents need to tell their girls about the facts of life. The biggest fact is this. A young teen father will not be around forever. He will feel held down by his new responsibilities. Parenthood is a big responsibility. Teenage boys are not ready for the responsibilities of being a father. Teenage girls are not ready for being a mother but they are learning fast……Being a mother is not that easy.
This was written 10/13/09. Times have not changed and teen pregnancy will always be.
It has been about one month now since I lent out my copy of the book….What To Expect When You Are Expecting. The version that I bought was definitely an older version. But still I felt the contents of the book would help a first time mother. I plan on surprising her with a goodie bag to take to the hospital. One of the items will definitely be the hand held fan that her husband can use on her. Another item will be a cd of soothing sounds. I recently watched a tv show in which the speaker said that a baby is more familiar with it’s mother’s voice. He told the expectant fathers to talk to their wives bellies. I remember when I worked on the Labor and Delivery unit, one of the Doctor’s would do research on the effects of playing different types of sounds during NST tests. The results helped him to make a prototype device that pregnant woman could strap onto their bellies and play different sounds to the baby. It’s amazing how babies recognize the sounds of their mother’s voices. What’s even more amazing is watching a baby “crawl” up his mother’s belly looking for nourishment.
This is an old blog entry that I worked on years ago.
It has been eight years since I left my job. I still think of all the experiences I had. For the most part, other hospital workers would think that Labor and Delivery nurses had cushy jobs. Wrong. Anything and I mean anything could go wrong. Teamwork was a vital component in the labor and delivery process. The teamwork between the nurse and the patient was built on total trust. The patient had to trust that the nurse was trained to do what she was supposed to do. The nurse had to trust the patient and her laboring body’s signals. The nurse has to relay information to the Dr. based on assessments made. Having a baby is a process. A labor of love that will last a lifetime. Somewhere a woman holds her labor of love so gently in her arms. Staring at her baby she tells herself…..”This was worth it.” Labor Day is every day on a Labor and Delivery unit. To all the laboring mothers, I salute you for being brave enough to tackle on your ” Labor Day.”
I never realized how I have been blessed more than I will ever know. I had a student say to me…..Are you in my other class? My response was I have no Idea I cannot look behind my head. Yes indeed she was. For as long as I can remember I have sat in the front so that I can hear the instructors better. Then again…..I want to drown out the students and the world. I get laughed at. I get picked on. All in a good way. I never truly knew that I had such a sense of humor. Total strangers go to me………”You are REALLY funny.” I tell them no I am not and then the fun really begins. I challenge them to give me one word and with that one word I make up the most outrageous joke ever. Today will be no exception. My challenge will be my 11 year old son. Once again it will be the mother/son food cooking challenge. He told me the food he wants to learn how to cook the following is the recipe for slow cooker stew:
1-2 lbs of stew meat (depending how big your family is)
2 packages of frozen stew vegetables
1 can of tomato soup undiluted
1 can of cream of mushroom soup undiluted
1 packet of onion soup mix ( I prefer Lipton)
1-2 cups water depending on the amount of gravy you want
Place all of the ingredients in that order in the crockpot and cook on high for 6 hours.
This morning while you were waiting for the school bus you looked at me and said…….. You have a big belly. Are you going to have a baby? I want a baby sister. This occurred all in the same sentence. I told you……No I am not going to have another baby and that the last baby in there was you. Sure there are times when I wish I could have had a baby sister for you. But the doors to having babies were shut the day you were born. I remember my doctor asking me if I was sure I wanted the procedure done. I knew that to have more babies would be risky for my health. So you my son are my precious fourth son. Each day with you brings new joys and surprises. I am so glad you are who you are. Today was one of those moments in which I remember that you have blessed me with an endless treasure…….your love for me.