This week my partner and I were on the Labor & Delivery Unit. When the day started, little did we know what kind of day we were going to have!
We were super excited of the possibility to see a live birth. However, once we got there, we found out that a mother on the unit had lost her baby. We were stunned with sadness. A floor that usually celebrates life was experiencing death. Despite the circumstance, this turned into a good experience. We got to see the hospital’s policy for when a mother loses her baby – and I must say it was very impressive. The hospital puts the parents in contact with a Bereavement Counselor and gives them gifts such as: a memory box, baby stuff animal, etc. These things are used to help the family have some closure for their loss. We spoke with the Bereavement Counselor and she gave us a lot of insight on her experiences. Her work is actually fused with personal passion as she actually experienced a loss herself. I can really go on and on about this experience, but I will leave you at that. Oh wait, one more thing… the picture above is a picture of a newsletter that they publish for the parents and family of the baby. This newsletter has letters that parents write to their baby and about their baby – it really was a touching and emotional thing to read! The other pictures are other literature that the Hospital gives the family.
In addition to this experience, we were able to leave that day AFTER seeing a LIVE birth! I think I will blog about that another time because that is a whole other story in itself!
All and all, we had a great experience! We really witnessed the best of both worlds on the Labor & Delivery Floor.