Being a Labor and Delivery Nurse

Hi everyone!

It is a happy Monday indeed as the Spring weather is finally here! I hope you enjoyed the weekend in the sunshine as much as I did!

I wanted to share an update with you on my job. As of today, I am done with orientation and am on my own as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. Ever since starting nursing school I dreamed of being an L&D nurse and I still feel like I have to pinch myself at times. I am living my dreams and it is so amazing! It is crazy how much of an impact a job can have on your life and happiness, I honestly feel like a new person compared to my last position.

To keep you guys up to date with my new job,, I thought I would share some of my thoughts and answers to commonly asked questions with you all…

  • What I do on a daily basis– One great thing about L&D is that no day is the same and there are so many different areas within L&D that I get to rotate between including OR for c-sections, antepartum (care before delivery), and eventually triage (comparable to an ER for expectant women). People have been asking me what I do during a typical delivery and to be honest it’s hard to sum up since I have to complete a lot of smaller tasks before, during, and after a delivery. For the most part, I am responsible for mom and baby’s safety especially when baby is still inside mom and I am also a cheerleader and huge support system for mom and the family (the amount of times L&D nurses yell “you can do it” and “push, push, push!” is immeasurable).
  • Sometimes L&D is not a happy place– While L&D is overall a much happier place than the unit I worked on before, it can at times be the most devastating. People always say, “Oh, you help delivery babies, what a happy job!” While most of the time that is true as patients are there to bring a new life into the world, when a mom and her family lose a baby the mood on the unit quickly changes. I have experienced a couple losses now and it is so, so sad and challenging to help families through this tough time. However, as always I am there to take the best care of the patient and her family that I can. Keeping that thought in the forefront of my mind definitely helps me to be strong for the patient.
  • My favorite part of L&D– This is a tough one since there are so many aspects of it that I love. I would have to say one of my favorite parts is seeing the mom and family’s reaction when the baby is born (comparable to watching a groom’s face as a bride walks down the aisle). I have seen grandmas jump up and down, dads cry, and the loving look on a mom’s face when she sees her new baby for the first time. The emotions in the room are unreal and I openly admit that I teared up during the first few deliveries I saw. Being apart of such a memorable, incredible time in a family’s life is truly incredible!  

    

I have also gotten many other questions from my family and friends such as, “Do a lot of moms get epidurals?” YES. “Does the mom’s stomach go back to normal after delivery?” A few fortunate ones yes, but most no. And my patients favorite question to ask me…”Do you have kids?” I usually answer “no, not yet” with a smile and they respond “And you still want to after seeing THIS?” Yes, nothing grosses me out or scares me at this point.I am so fortunate to help bring little lives into this world and look forward to many more future deliveries! Keep living your dreams, my friends! Have a good week 🙂

– M –

 

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Protein-Packed Breakfast

Hello friends! I can’t believe it’s already Monday again! This is a great week as my mom, dad, and myself are leaving for Arizona on Friday to visit Amanda and Kevin and enjoy sunshine and relaxation…cannot wait!

Things are quite busy around here with work and preparing for the trip but I want to share a healthy breakfast I have been enjoying lately. This egg white oatmeal keeps me full for hours and is full of protein. Another plus, it only takes minutes to make! Without further ado…

Egg-White Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 5-minute oats
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk
  • 1/2 cup egg whites

 

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together
  2. Microwave in one-minute intervals for three minutes total, fluffing with a fork after every minute
  3. Top with desired toppings such as fruit, nuts/nut butter, chia seeds  (I have been enjoying peanut butter and a banana) 

  

Easy right? I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I do! It is perfect to eat a couple hours before or after a workout. Have a great week! I am hoping Friday comes quickly!

– M –

Family Weekend

This weekend my in-laws were in town. Kevin and I were excited to show them around our new home! They arrived on Friday and we went to one of our favorite spots for dinner in Phoenix.

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Saturday morning we hiked Camelback Mountain and enjoyed the beautiful weather! I always love seeing other people’s reactions once you reach the top. It still blows my mind how great the view is.

Later in the day we went to a local Michigan State bar to cheer on our Spartans. What a game! So glad we pulled out a win.

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On Sunday my mother-in-law and I papered ourselves at the spa. We had a great breakfast at the Camelback Inn followed by an hour massage. If we weren’t relaxed enough, next we headed to the nail salon for some more pampering!

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Tonight we are making a healthy bean burrito recipe at our apartment. I’ll share it soon! We are excited to spend more time with Kevin’s parents and someone may have a birthday to celebrate this week! 😉 I’m thinking 26 is going to be a good year. I hope everyone has a great week.

– A – 

Christmas Cheer 

This holiday season has been full of holiday festivities, family and friends, and of course yummy food and drinks. It was great to be able to spend quality time with those who are most important to me. I hope everyone else had a very Merry Christmas as well! It certainly is the most wonderful time of the year. Here are some of the highlights from the past couple weeks.

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I was able to visit my best friend, Alyssa, in Grand Rapids last week for a couple nights. We had plenty of sangria and quality time together (and of course did some shopping).

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On the 23rd, Nick and I celebrated Christmas with his family. We made chicken parmesan (our speciality) for them before opening gifts. It is always nice to spend time with his family!

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And of course, one of the best parts of this Christmas was my sister and Kevin coming home! We continued our traditions and went to church and dinner on Christmas Eve and opened gifts together Christmas morning. Santa spoiled is again this year! My family and Kevin’s family are going to dinner tonight before they have to head back to Arizona. Time when they are home goes by too quickly, but it is always great to have them home (although they were a little chilly here compared to AZ).

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I’m looking forward to another great year in 2016 and hopefully a Sparty victory on New Year’s Eve! Enjoy the rest of the holidays!

– M –