That's one thing you can say nurses are great at, we get personal real quick in deliveries. We go from introduction to holding a leg in 0.2 seconds.
The last pushes and finally the baby was born!
"I wouldn't be able to remember all the deliveries I have participated in, but this one stood out because it made me realize how much went into even a normal, healthy vaginal delivery."
"The work ethic in the room was calm, cheerful, and business as usual."
So much was happening that was important... and medical... and pertinent to mom and baby's well-being, but all I could do was stand there caught up in the moment.
After a solid year of working L&D, I finally began to feel comfortable in most deliveries. Little by little, I got more efficient in providing care and being in the moment. During that first year, when it seemed it was starting to click, something would throw me for a loop and put me in my place. Labor and delivery has a way of bringing you back a few notches when you think you have it all figured out. A shoulder dystocia, increased bleeding, or any other complication can happen at any time, you always have to be ready.
Eight years later, when I see new L&D nurses standing around awkwardly completely lost, like I was at my first delivery, my heart goes out for them and I understand their struggle. I know with time and patience, if they truly love labor and delivery nursing, they'll become great labor nurses, too.
There is so much to learn and so much to prepare for that you have to be patient with yourself, ask questions, and know that you will feel dumb every now and again.
Deliveries can be unpredictable and you must learn to be in the moment.