When a Nurse Goes Through Labor and Delivery

I remember feeling scared as my swollen tummy was nearing its due date, almost 2 years ago. Being a nurse, I know what to expect and I’ve seen (and helped) a lot of women undergo labor and delivery but it didn’t spare me from being anxious because this time, I was the one about to experience it. I’ve seen other women in pain but I didn’t know how much pain. Thinking about it then, sent shivers down my spine. Here’s a birthing story from a nurse’s perspective:

1 Day before D-Day

Since my OB said I would probably give birth 2 weeks early or 2 weeks later than my due date, I calculated and decided to apply for a maternity leave 2 weeks before my due date. Turned out my leave was on time. As I was feeling nothing out of the ordinary, I sent hubby off to work. The only thing I’ve noticed was that my swollen belly looked like it “dropped”. Am I about to give birth?

Night came and fortunately no signs seen or felt. We turned in for the night.

D-Day

2am: I saw the sign!

 I woke up to a strange smell inside our bedroom. My dog threw up on the bedroom floor. The smell is bothering this then preggy lady so I cleaned it up.  I went to pee after cleaning the floor and when I stood up, I saw a small bloody mucus-like thing in the toilet. Bloody show is what I’ve thought at that time. I woke my soundly sleeping husband and asked him to confirm if it was indeed blood and he said yes. This could only mean one thing—I’m in labor. Cue in the contractions.

2:30am: Nurse mode on!

Sitting down on the bed, I grabbed my phone, opened the stopwatch app and recorded my contractions, paying close attention to the intensity and intervals. I fell asleep after an hour.

8:00am: My contractions are still ongoing and in a steady pattern. The pain was still bearable for me thanks to the dysmenorrhea I was so used to having every time I have my period. Hubby didn’t go to work and was obviously worried so I sent him to buy our favorite arroz caldo and tokwa’t baboy for breakfast. YES, I still ate before giving birth.

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The last meal I had before giving birth

9:30am: The interval of the contractions seemed shorter. We prepared to go to the hospital. All our bags are already inside the car.

10:30am: We arrived at the hospital and went to the emergency room. The nurse asked me what’s wrong and I answered: “Bloody show at 2am, contractions followed. I seem to be in labor. The intervals between my contractions now are 5minutes and they are stronger.” The nurse asked me to sit down, fill up a form and told me that she will have me checked. I told her “You know, the contractions are not that painful. If I’m not yet fully dilated and would not be giving birth soon, I would like to be sent home.” Lol!

11am: I was sent to the labor room for an IE. Turned out I was already 6cm. They hurriedly prepped me, showed me to a bed which I am to lie down and wait. They called the anesthesiologist and my OB. I asked the nurses if I could see my husband for a few minutes. I hopped off the bed, peeked outside the labor room door and found hubby sitting outside looking tense. I told him I was 6cm already and that I’m giving birth.

12nn: Getting Ready..

I was put on sedation but I was still alert when my OB came in. She did an IE. As soon as she asked for a bed pan to be placed under me, I knew she would break my bag of water which is still intact. That’s when I felt intense pain but only for a short while since the sedation seemed to be kicking in.

3pm: Here she comes! Groggy from the sedation, I opened my eyes and found myself being transferred to the delivery room. I don’t know how I got into the birthing table. I just remembered seeing lots of faces: my OB, my anesthesiologist, nurses. All of them cheering on, telling me when to push. I think they gave me an epidural as well.

3:58pm: Welcome Karamel Claire!

A few minutes later, I heard Kara cry. The first words I uttered were: “Paki check kung kumpleto ung mga daliri niya sa kamay at paa” (Please check if her fingers and toes are complete). Another lol moment! I don’t remember if they laughed or if they did what I asked. I just focused my eyes on Kara. She was placed on my chest so she could breastfeed. I drifted off to sleep.

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Karamel Claire a few hours old

7pm: Post Delivery

I am inside the recovery room and fully alert. The room was so quiet (as it should be), I was so bored. A doctor came in to check on me so I asked her if I could be transferred to the hospital room. She told me to wait until the effects of the epidural wears off. I told her I think it already did and even raised my legs to prove it (sorry, that was me on my nurse mode). Moments later, I was moved from the recovery room to a private room where hubby was all smiles, waiting for me.

My takeaways from my childbirth experience are:

  1. I think we can all agree that for first time moms, the idea of going through labor of who-knows-how painful until who-knows-when gets us a bit scared. But believe me when I tell you that we are born for this. Our bodies are made for this. You can do this. You might feel pain now but remember that you will be smiling soon.
  2. It is always a good thing to be educated and informed. Attend seminars and mom expos. Listen about other moms’ experience. These will help you remain calm on D-day and will help boost your confidence.

I’d love to hear about your birthing stories too!

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23 thoughts on “When a Nurse Goes Through Labor and Delivery

  1. Nilyn_ECM July 12, 2016 at 6:02 am Reply

    Wow, that was great! Congratulations! Natawa ako sa pacheck kung kumpleto ang daliri! haha. Ako, I’m not a nurse, good thing I have a cousin who’s a delivery nurse for years and years already. I would always ping her if I have questions. When I saw that mucus plug, we went to the hospital already. My labor was too quick that I was bleeding after labor, sabi malambot parin daw ang matres ko. di daw tumigas.

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    • wifeymommyrn July 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm Reply

      Of all the first things to say upon giving birth, yun pa yung napili ko haha! Thank you! It’s really nice when there is somebody you can ask for advice. I hope next time maging okay na ung matres mo post delivery 🙂

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  2. rolledin2onemom July 12, 2016 at 8:58 am Reply

    Awww…congratulations sis! The first time You see your baby, all your troubles and worries fly out the window! Diba? What a cutie pie! *hugs*

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    • wifeymommyrn July 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply

      I agree! nalimutan mo na ang lahat ng pain…and then maaalala mo lang ulit mga 1 yr after..lol! Thanks sis!

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  3. gilian July 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm Reply

    My delivery stories are coming back to life. =) Haha.I’m having another one this November and being reminded of how it could feel like again sends a mix of emotions. =)

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    • wifeymommyrn July 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm Reply

      Diba? I think if we get another child I would still feel scared eventhough I have gone through all this before.

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      • gilian July 12, 2016 at 7:19 pm

        That’s true. 🙂

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  4. Qarah Moments July 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm Reply

    Congratulations Mommy! It took me 10 hours of labor for my eldest son. It was not easy but it’s all worth it.

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    • wifeymommyrn July 12, 2016 at 7:19 pm Reply

      Yes mommy, waiting for the baby and seeing him/her the first time is all worth the pain! 🙂

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  5. Maan Laxa July 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm Reply

    Haha! You were so on top of everything! Now I feel nostalgic. I had a less than ideal birth story (I was in labour for almost 3 days) and ended up having an emergency C-section anyway. All’s well that ends well! But the “daliri” anecdote was really amusing!

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    • wifeymommyrn July 12, 2016 at 7:23 pm Reply

      Oh my, sabi nila never let the sun set twice on a woman in labor, i can’t imagine what you’ve gone through! But the important thing nga was that you’re both safe. Haha, i don’t really know why I said those words–the sedatives must have made me weird.

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  6. Jackie (@MultiasianMama) July 13, 2016 at 12:40 am Reply

    Love your post! I love especially the first part na ikaw na nga pasyente but you’re sharing as if you’re diagnosing yourself haha 😀 I’m also feeling so nostalgic while reading this. I also forced my hubby to bring me to MCdo before I had my first daughter hahaha. Nakakamiss din. 😀
    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. coffee and beyond July 13, 2016 at 11:13 am Reply

    Oh the pain, I can still remember how it was till now. I had my first child at home as I was so afraid of giving birth in a hospital because of horrors I’ve seen in visiting cousins in public hospitals. You know most nurses and doctors (not all) in public hospitals are not nice at all. They are people you’ll say shouldn’t have taken oath of the TLC promise based on observations. So, I got terrified. Luckily, I was able to deliver my eldest successfully but after long hours of labor plus crying. When I first saw her the first thing I asked, “Maganda ba?” Hahaha! Epic question din. Lol. I had my succeeding babies in the hospital, as I didn’t have a choice. I felt like hostaged that time because I only went to the hospital for a check up, then wahlah! 3cm dilated wthout me feeling any pain or signs. Then, I was not allowed to go home anymore.

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  8. rollcoastermom July 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Good for you that you already knew what to expect before giving birth. I think being informed is really important. It helps keep you calm. 🙂

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  9. Levy Martinez (Mommy Levy) July 13, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Nakakakaba sa totoo lang, What I did that time is just pray that everything will be okay. I gave birth via normal delivery without anesthesia kaya ramdam ko lahat.

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  10. momsterteacher July 13, 2016 at 6:14 pm Reply

    Congratulations!!! You know, detailed posts like this is very helpful to first-time moms. 🙂

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  11. Meikah Ybañez-Delid July 13, 2016 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Amazing post! I think this is the first time I read about a very detailed labor account. Ha ha… I always say lucky are those who are nurses or doctors because they already know what to expect and how to behave. I gave birth twice and both CS because of the structure of my pelvic bone. I guess, I had it easier also because the OB-GYNE is a good friend. 🙂 Congrats on your new angel!

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  12. Maria Teresa Gregorio-Figuerres July 14, 2016 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Like most moms, I was scared, too, when I was about to give birth. Luckily, my CS procedure went well. You’re one brave mom! I guess being a nurse helped.

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  13. You make it seem so easy 🙂

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  14. Peachy A. July 20, 2016 at 7:18 am Reply

    Congratulations! The name of your daughter is so cute!

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  15. May De Jesus-Palacpac July 21, 2016 at 5:49 am Reply

    Congratulations on your new bundle. So cute! I’m not a nurse but I did track my contractions on my first child. I don’t think I did it as accurately as you, though.

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  16. queenofthebangs July 21, 2016 at 10:13 am Reply

    Oh god. I’m a first time mom and nearing my due date too. I’m so scared! I’ve been imprinting on my mind that I should expect the unexpected but still… I don’t know. I guess my fear is more on the unknown but I think you’re right. We’re built for this. 🙂

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  17. momi berlin July 21, 2016 at 7:38 pm Reply

    Such a nice name:) i gave birth to my son last year on a friday at 4am though i started my labor on thursdat at around 8pm. The boys have exams the following day so while feeling the pain of contraction, we still review. By 10pm, blood showed na and the pain is somehow unbearablr already. We went to the hospital. By 12mn, i was already 6cm and by 3am was transferred to the delivery room. I was conscious the whole time, was able
    To push hard and saw my yael came out. It was the most fulfilling experience ever.

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