I really enjoyed this post by one of my teammates on her blog (catchinbabies.blogspot.com). So I have reposted it here for you to enjoy. Hospital transports are an unfortunate part of our work here – and they don’t always end up with the outcomes we desire. However, sometimes it is nice to know that in the short amount of time you get to know a patient, your care still is meaningful to them. For me this story was a confirmation of the impact that a single Christian midwife can have in the life of another.
(from the blog of Dieneke)
With the government hospitals underfunded, understaffed and majorly overcrowded it is never fun to “endorse” a patient to the doctors. One can only hope that it’s not too busy and the mother will not have to wait for hours and hours before she is attended to.
Last night I transported a mother in labor since her bag of waters had broken in early labor and showed quite thick meconium staining. As I explained to her that this means the baby already had a bowel movement, and was in distress even though she was only in early labor, she was sad to realize she had to go to the hospital.
I was able to keep in touch through texting, and wasn’t so excited when she was still in labor more than 18 hours labor….
She had a ceasarean 22 hours after we transported her.
Was she ok? How was the baby?
The texts flew back and forth.
Again my phone bleeped, and I quickly looked to see if there was any update about Jenelyn or her baby. But no, this time it was Jenelyn telling me that I can stop worrying about her, since “me is ok already” and thanked me with the sweetest words ever: