Saturday, September 20, 2008

Touching of Hearts

I had a delivery the other night which touched my heart. On first glance you might think the dad was a real toughass. He had a straggly long chin beard and was covered with tatoo's. Now don't think I'm anti tat..cause I have one! Ha! Bet ya didn't know!

But this dad looked very rough. But was polite and softspoken. Mom ended up pushing but not able to pass the baby under the arch. You L/D nurses know what I mean. So after one very long icky decel and then bradycardia, off to the OR we go at 3am.

Surgery went well. Baby boy was glorious!! Apgars 8-9. Perfect.

But what touched me was the dad. Once his little boy took his first breath and was being looked at by Peds; I looked over at dad. He was wiping his eyes and lovingly staring at his son. I told him to come over and see his boy. Dad was just full of tears and apologized for it. "Ohh no" I said. "You shed all the tears you want. You've just become a daddy and your life will Never be the same..."

Small silly post perhaps..but a moment in my job that touched my heart. It's why I love my job =)

8 comments:

Karin, RN said...

That baby must be his first. What a touching moment, indeed.

Prisca said...

I love it when the dad's cry--its the best part, I think!

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Awe, very touching.....my eyes started to water.

It made me think of when my nephew was born. My sister wanted me to video tape, and I did, but at the part where he makes his entrance......you can hear me bawling my eyes out.....and the camera is bouncing up and down...haha....

Kim said...

I think that is one of the best parts of my job seeing someone become a perent for the first time who wants to be a Mom or a Dad! I have given you a blog award at OB Nurse

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog today and love your enthusiasm for what you do. I have one question, do you know if there is somewhere on the internet to find local L&D nurses to ask opinions on OBs? I would be fine if they are anonymous, but I live in a new area and I am pregnant with my first. I have some strong ideas about what I want but I don't really know how to go about finding an OB. My biggest concern is someone who will do what is very bext for me, my body, and my baby rather than what is most convenient for the doctor (especially because I live in an area with a high birth rate, so i know hospitals are busy). Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks for your perspective.

Jody said...

Hello and thanks for your comment! Please stick around =)

My best advise would be to find a local mommy blogger site. One with new moms. Then post and ask about specific docs. You will get the best advise doing that! Word of mouth is always the best. Good luck with your pregnancy!

BirthdayNurse said...

I know exactly what you mean, I agree with prisca, when it gets to the Dad's it gets to me too.

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Beautiful. I'm envious that you get to capture all these "firsts" in peoples lives.

Thanks for sharing it with us.