This is a sponsored post with Pampers. Momstart is a Pampers Baby Board Member
There is a story that I love to tell and it’s my daughter’s birth story. Zoe was born on December 3rd, but just barely. I remember waking up on the morning of December 2nd and it felt like I had period type cramping. I thought Zoe might come today. I was already scheduled to go see my doctor that morning because he was putting in a Foley catheter to prepare me for an induction. I saw my doctor and he did a tiny procedure and told me that Zoe was not allowed to be born today because it was his date night. He also told me that I would experience cramping because of how the Foley works. After a while I did feel cramping. I spent the day watching my favorite episodes of Alias and playing Sudoku. The cramps starting getting intense and I was worried that I was going into labor. We started timing them but they were so irregular. We called the hospital and they were already full and told me not to come in until they were regular. A few minutes later my water broke and they still told us not to come in but my husband and I decided we’re going in and I’m glad we did. That drive was crazy because I’m almost positive I was in active labor by that point and I was sure she was going to be born in the car, so my husband ran a few lights and a few stop signs.
We got to the hospital and someone found me a wheel chair. Being it was my first pregnancy no one believed that I was really in labor yet. They kept assuring me that this was going to be a long process. They found me a room and a bed and I’m not sure how long I was in there. I think the nurse checked my cervix right away and I was not ready. A little bit later I told her I was ready to push and she said no it’s not time yet. I said: “No really I feel like I need to push”. She took another look and said get a doctor in here now I see the head. A doctor came in and delivered my baby. My daughter was born within 45 minutes of us getting to the hospital. She was as healthy as they come. Because of the timing, my nurse was supposed to end her shift. Zoe was born at 12:08 December 3rd, but she was so dedicated to her job that she stayed with me until she felt we were settled in. I’m so grateful to her for doing that.
The nurse in the room never left my side for that 45 minutes we were there. She held my hand and helped us learn how to take care of our brand new baby girl. She helped us bathe her, showed us how to diaper her, taught me how to breastfeed. I don’t have a picture of her other than her blue gloves and scrubs, but I remember her being there and I always will. Our hospital has a wonderful lactation department and I’m so grateful to all that helped me. I was in and out of there talking to nurses over the phone and seeing them in person. I had a terrible time with thrush and breastfeeding was painful, but they were always patient and helped me overcome it. Nurses everywhere help play an essential role in facilitating strong relationships between newborns and their parents during the very crucial first minutes, hours and days of life. From holding a mom’s hand during labor and teaching them to change a diaper, they are there when they are needed most.
As the #1 Choice of U.S. hospitals, Pampers Swaddlers wants to recognize these outstanding nurses. (Our babies were put in Pampers at our hospital). In collaboration with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), Pampers has launched the second annual Pampers Swaddlers Thank You Nurses Awards to honor Labor & Delivery nurses, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurses and Postpartum nurses around the country. Now through January 27, 2017, Pampers is inviting parents, co-workers, family members and friends to nominate and share the story of an extraordinary nurse who provides babies and their families with special touches of love. When you nominate someone before 1/27/2017 you will receive 10 Pampers Rewards points. Just go to www.pampers.com/thankyounurses to make your nomination.