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As a momma of 5 children, I am so thankful for my obstetrical nurses who helped me out in those first couple of days after delivery when I was tired and sore. My favorite nurse for all my babies was Suzanne. I switched hospitals for the delivery of my third baby, and the first nurse I had after delivering Kristi was a bubbly nurse who was in her 60’s. She was so upbeat and encouraging that I loved her immediately. A couple of years later, I had baby #4, and I was not placed on Suzanne’s side of the floor. When #5 came two years later, I knew that she would be our last baby. I really wanted to have Suzanne again as my nurse, so I asked the Labor and Delivery nurse if Suzanne was still working and if she was on duty. Imagine my surprise when I found out that she had been out of work for a few months due to a house fire and then nursing her husband due to a heart attack that he had undergone, but that my delivery date was her first day back on the job. They agreed to put me in one of her rooms.
God knew that I needed her. I was much more emotional as I knew that I was having no more babies. She would come in with my little baby girl, and say, “You make the most beautiful babies!” I would laugh through tears and agree with her. The morning that I was to go home, I asked her, “When will I stop feeling this way?” Or “When will I stop crying and feeling sad that I am not having any more babies?” She told me her story about how she had six babies C-section years ago, and how the doctor told her that she was physically not able to have anymore babies. After having that final baby, she was a labor and delivery nurse, and she said she would cry every time she delivered a new baby. She too asked a co-worker, “When will I stop feeling this way?” The co-worker told her that when she gave away the last of her baby items, that she would then be fine that she was done having babies. Suzanne then looked at me, and said, “You know, I was! When I was done with the diaper bags and car seats, I was okay with the fact that I had entered a new stage of life and had no more babies.”
I know that this is not true for everyone, but I have found that that wonderful lesson from Suzanne has proved true in my life too. My baby is now 5 years old, and I am okay that I am no longer lugging along all the baby stuff. I am also thankful that I can sleep through the night and that we can go on outings with the older kids that it is hard to do when you have a baby in tow. I was with my sister who has a little baby recently. He was a little sick and very mobile, trying to climb everything that he should not climb. I became tired just watching her be a good mommy and take care of him. I knew that I was very content in my “no-baby” stage of life.
I am so thankful for all of my nurses that I had in the hospital after the births of my treasures, but Suzanne is special to me. I am beyond grateful to the way that she ministered to me and gave me sound advice from experience to help me go through an emotional time.
Since I am so thankful for the role my nurses have played in my life after delivering our babies, I wanted to share a new #ThankYouNurses campaign that Pampers Swaddlers has started along with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). It’s a program that celebrates the essential role nurses play during the first few minutes, hours and days between newborns and their parents. This program will yearly honor nurses across three award categories: Labor & Delivery, NICU and Postpartum.
Every year in May, a grand prize nurse honoree will also be chosen to acknowledge her dedication and commitment to making life better for babies and new parents as a way to celebrate National Nurse Appreciation Week.