A tribute to the nurses, midwives and doulas who help women in their most vulnerable state after giving birth is going viral on social media.
“I’ll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby. That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone,” she wrote on the Facebook post which has been liked more than 160,000 times.
“They treated me with such kindness and dignity. For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies.
“This photo by my friend MommaKT Shoots just takes me right back. Like, I can smell the Dermaplast. Let’s hear it for the nurses and the doulas and anyone else who shows us how to make ice pad underwear (or helps with that first shower post c-section!)”
The post had other women sharing their own experiences and appreciation for their nurses.
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“My delivery nurse grabbed my cellphone without me asking and snapped pictures of my boyfriend and I when they first put the baby on my chest. It was honestly one of the sweetest things anyone could’ve done for me that day. I’ll always be thankful for that,” commented Isabel.
“I will never forget the doctor, nurses, and doula who helped me deliver my second son. My first son, Cillian, died suddenly at 13 months old in February 2016. I was due with my second in March 2016. I was in no state to be giving birth, much less care for a newborn. I needed help and my doula was the angel I needed,” wrote Sarah.
“She was able to keep the birth positive in the wake of such complete sorrow. My nurses were so kind and compassionate. They were the same ones who helped deliver Cillian a year before. They did anything and everything possible to make me feel comfortable.
“My doctor not only attended Cillian’s funeral a month earlier but tried to ease any fear I had before, during, and after labor. I am so thankful for all these professions and their hard work and dedication.”
So to all the hospital staff who hold our hands, help us in the shower and make the moment special or just bearable, thank you.
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