Ellen Schneiderman, R.N., recalls why she decided to become a labor and delivery nurse and shares a memorable experience helping to deliver an unexpected baby boy.
People ask me why I became a labor and delivery nurse and I was inspired by the neonatal intensive care nurses that took care of my first son who is going to be 36 in a few weeks, but people always say to me, “Isn’t every delivery the same?” And I say, “No, every delivery is different,” and one thing comes to mind is a couple that were having their fifth or sixth baby, I am not really sure, but every one of their children at home were girls and this dad was just coming to the delivery room again, so excited to have his fifth or sixth daughter.
And we were waiting for the baby to come and he kept saying to me, “This is going to be Sarah; this is going to be Sarah,” and as the baby came out and the doctor held him up, he just looked and said, “I don’t know, this looks like Sam to me,” and the father almost fell on the floor and he just said, “I did it. I made a boy.”
And everybody in the room didn’t know if they should laugh or cry because this father didn’t care that he had four or five daughters at home, they were all his princesses, but he got his prince and he was just overwhelmed with delight, and I think about times where people are just so overwhelmed with whether they are going to have another boy or another girl and all they should be thinking about is having healthy children, and this dad just was waiting for Sarah, but when Sam came out he was just speechless and when I think of that delivery I realize that none are ever the same.