Thank You Nurses, you’ve changed my life

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Pampers. All words and thoughts are my own.

We recently found out we are expecting Baby #3 and I can’t even express the amount of emotions I went through. Learning the news of our growing family quickly took me down labor and delivery memory lane. I have delivered two babies with two very different birth stories. It was my first pregnancy that really set the foundation and expectation for my deliveries! I had the best team of nurses when I delivered my son.

ready to have baby

My labor story starts on a Thursday morning and continues until Friday evening. I remember showing up to the hospital in good spirits excited the process was starting, but a little concerned that I was only 36 weeks. My water had broken while at work and here we were now in the Labor and Delivery floor before 9am, my mom, my dad, and myself. My husband was 2hrs away at work and I had called him and told him “It’s happening!” Everyone was so excited! The first grandbaby, my first baby, was about to be born!!!

My labor didn’t start until well in the evening on Thursday. I met the team of nurses who would stay with me until my son was born. They kept me comfortable and reassured me I was progressing perfectly. I kept joking with my family and nurses to feed me. I was going on 20 hours with no food and baby and I weren’t having it. 

On Friday afternoon, my nurse came in and gave me a pep talk. She checked me and looked me straight in the eyes and said “Baby is stuck, this is why you are having so much back pain. He’s hitting your tailbone and can’t pass through your pelvic bone his head is hitting.” I remember the pain and tears just flowed but I was determined to deliver my baby. I didn’t panic because my nurse kept reassuring me and talking to me. My nurse looked at me and said “I can feel baby’s head, I’m going to push him down and you push so he can pass through” She coached me through it and I did as she said and soon my baby was released and it was time to really push him out. He was coming fast. She ran out to get my doctor and the doctor couldn’t put her gear on fast enough.

Ruby and baby 2008

My nurse returned and began communicating what was happening. She was so encouraging and caring. She was there when I needed her the most. My son was born! He had a few bumps and bruises but otherwise he was healthy. There was no need to be rushed to NICU. At 36weeks and 5 days, he was perfect! His nurse kept talking to him as she prepared him to have time with me. Our nurses treated us like family and cared for us just the same.

nurse team 2008

My experience was one I’ll never forget. Our team was outstanding. They stayed with us all steps of the way and gave more than we could ever ask for. I couldn’t have done it without my nurse team! This is why I’m nominating my nurses for Pampers Thank you Nurses awards and you can too!

Pampers Swaddlers has announced its second annual Pampers Swaddlers Thank You Nurses Awards, developed with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). The program, which celebrates the essential role nurses play in facilitating strong relationships between newborns and their parents, opens its nominations today to honor nurses across three care categories: Labor & Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Postpartum.

What is your story? Have a nurse who was amazing before, during or after labor? #ThankYouNurses Click To Tweet

Nominate them at www.pampers.com/thankyounurses #ThankYouNurses 

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