So I haven't worked since Wednesday, and don't work 'till Tuesday, and I'm feeling like I'm missing something without blogging! I told myself that this blog wasn't going to be an online "diary" I was going to keep it work-related. So here's my weekend musing re: work.
I've talked to several people and after reading lots of other L&D blogs, here's my question: in a delivery in "your" hospital, who all is there for the delivery? Obviously the doc and the L&D nurse, but is there anybody else typically "required" to be there?
I know at our hospital all of our nursery nurses work really close to us L&D nurses. Our Well-Baby nursery (where all babies are admitted to at birth) is right next to our nurses station and they can see our "board" with patients and docs and progress, etc. All the nurses that work in Well-Baby are NICU nurses and everyday 2 float out and do "admits" and come to all our deliveries. Right before delivery, we hit our "delivery" light and it pages everyone on the floor that we're delivering and a scrub tech come in to assist the doc as well as a nursery nurse to take care of baby. They devote all attention to the baby, do the APGAR's, the footprints, and meds right there in the delivery room. It's also nice in a C/S because then nursery can take baby (and dad too most of the time) to the nursery before the section is over and get baby all cleaned up and assessed in a room warmer than our OR and have that all finished and have baby read for mom when she gets back to the recovery room. It is SO nice because then we as L&D nurses can focus on mom and her recovery, helping the doc, pay attention to uterine tone, etc. I think sometimes we get spoiled though... :)
Anyway, from what I've heard/seen/read our hospital is in the minority when it comes to this. I know that the hospital where I did my clinicals in school the nursery nurses came only when they were specifically called and it was up to the L&D nurse to take care of mom AND baby after delivery. It's taken me long enough to feel comfortable just taking care of mom after delivery, it would take me another couple years to feel comfortable taking care of both!
All of us L&D nurses are NRP certified, etc and I know we do have instances where 3 or 4 of us deliver at the same time and we don't have a nursery nurse for the first few minutes and we've all survived when that happens. We all do know what to do after baby comes out, but it just adds a little extra chaos to the room when we're trying to do it all and we're not used to it.
But I just wondered what the "norm" was at other hospitals and what other nurses thought about it. Or even if you're not a nurse and remember your own birth stories and what impressions you got from who was in the room...