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I don’t know about you but when it comes to labor and delivery, besides my husband, the most important person there is the nurse. Sure, your doctors and midwives are important but let’s be real, they come in at the 59th minute. It’s your L&D nurse who chases down the anesthesiologist, who comforts you when you start freaking out because “oh my gosh, a human baby is about to come into this world!” My last L&D nurse was amazing. I was deep in active labor when I finally got into my room and the anesthesiologist was busy with 2 emergency c-sections so I was going through labor without any pain medication – something I had not mentally prepared myself for. She was a champ, helping me count down the contractions, helping me roll over as we attempted to get Mac to turn his face (he was sunny-side-up as they say), and then when my water broke at her feet, she didn’t even bat an eye. She buzzed the midwife and was like “it’s go time.” And after the midwife left, the baby was born, she was there to help with Mac’s initial physical. She did all my paperwork. She was a superstar.
We always like to give our nurses a little something from the baby to thank them for all they do. I usually create a little gift bag with a fun note and some candy. Nurses work extremely long hours and a little chocolate pick me up is just what anyone needs. I also like to give some gum or mints because I’ve worked long hours and freshening your breath can make you feel like you’re a whole new person.
In May, we celebrate National Nurse Appreciation Week and Pampers Swaddlers has announced a #ThankYouNurses campaign to recognize the nurses who are so vital in the literal first minutes of a baby’s life. Along with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the campaign honors nurses across three award categories: Labor & delivery, NICU and Postpartum. Labor & delivery nurse Anne Gallagher was selected as the Pampers Swaddlers #ThankYouNurses Grand Prize Honoree. She is a nurse at the University of Illinois and focuses on empowering moms to form special bonds with their newborns. You can learn more about Anne and her incredible story here.
If you want to join in on thanking nurses, iConnect is hosting a Twitter Party for the #ThankYouNurses Campagain on Wednesday May 11th from 8-9 CST. You can RSVP here and you totally should, especially is you’re a mom because the prizes are pretty cool. Here’s a breakdown on what you could win:
- Prize 1: Thermometer ($25), Safety 1st Baby Kit ($25), Pampers diapers
- Prize 2: Humidifier ($50) + $50 AMEX + Pampers diapers
- Prize 3: Steam Sterilizer ($120), Pampers diapers
- Grand Prize: Video Baby Monitor ($230), Pampers diapers
- RSVP: Pampers Diapers and Wipes
What are some ways you’ve thanked the nurses in your journey to becoming a mom? Or are you a first time mom and a little nervous? Don’t worry, your nurse will be there for you.