Post # 1
Hi bees! So I am procrastinating studying for an exam and figured I’d hang around the Bee for a while.
I am a student RN, and I just started my maternity rotation. We were given our patient assignments, and I was going to be observing a C-section. I was ecstatic, especially considering the hospital we’re at doesn’t have a very high patient volume, so there’s not a very good chance of getting to see a birth. Before I met my patient, my instructor, an OB nurse of 35-40 years, went to ask her if she would mind if a student observed her delivery. Apparently she was extremely adamant about no students.
I of course was super bummed, as this may have been my only opportunity to see a birth. Which especially stinks if maternity was where I want to work as an RN. I’m not mad at the mother, of course she is well within her right to refuse a student, but it doesn’t make me feel less disappointed.
So I figured I’d poll you ladies here! How would you feel about a student RN observing your birth? What’s your reasoning for your answer?
Post # 2
I think it depends on how it’s presented to me. If you were just there for the birth, it would probably bother me. If you’d been introduced during labor and were more of a familiar face, then NBD.
For the record, it has nothing to do with you being a student, I just don’t want a lot of traffic in and out during that time. We will have a dedicated L&D nurse and there will be very few people in the delivery room with me.
Post # 3
When I did my maternity rotation I was priviledged to watch a natural birth and c-section, so I really hope you get the chance because it was an amazing experience! However, I did have a mom who did not want me to do assessments on her after the delivery, but it was because she was affiliated with my university and thought it would be too weird. Didn’t blame her at all.
I felt bad for a male student in my class, no mother would let him do anything! He wasn’t given permission to see a birth or to do any post-partum assessments! Which is ridiculous because if he was a medical student it would have been completely different.
To answer your question, even though I know it sucks for the student to not be given permission from the patient and how it can seem stupid because in a couple years it will be your job to be there and you would think the patients want you to have as much experience and exposure as possible. I think if I was delivering I wouldn’t allow a student. Maybe if I was having a c-section and it’s a surgical procedure and less intimate, then I would. But I wouldn’t want a student in the room for a natural delivery, just because I want that special moment with my husband and the bare minumum of people who need to be there.
Post # 4
From what I hear, I won’t care if there is a nursing student, purple unicorn or the Pope himself in the room when I’m delivering. Everyone has to learn somehow, so why not?
I think that if asked in the moment, however, I might react differently (aka GETOUTTAMYFACE THIS HURTS0. This is something the doctors and hospital should clear with mothers upon check-in or pre-admitting, not while in labor.
Post # 5
I can honestly say I have no idea. I’ve had students in the exam room during a yearly pap, and was cool w/ that, but obviously the birth of a child is a different situation. I would love to say that I would be open and relaxed enough to allow it (i mean, helping out a future nurse is a good thing), but who knows what my crazy preggo hormones will think if I ever find myself having a baby. lol
Post # 6
I don’t have a problem with it. Gotta see it/learn it somehow. From what I hear, there are so many people that see all the bits that at the point, it doesn’t really matter! As long as the room isn’t packed to the brim, I’m sure it would be no big deal.
Post # 7
PaisleyMedic: Absolutely yes! They’ve got to learn sometime. I had lots of people coming through during labor, including at least one student doctor. Two labors ended in C-sections. I don’t think any students were in for that part, but I wouldn’t have minded.
I’m guessing the mom was an exception and you’ll get plenty of other opportunities.
Post # 8
If they were just observing and not talking to/asking questions to the doctor, I probably wouldn’t mind very much.
Post # 9
PaisleyMedic: Yep, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. Though I haven’t given birth, I have had procedures observed by students (dental and medical).
I was pre-med at one point and got to observe two spinal surgeries being performed during a summer program I did. It was the most educational, exhilarating experience I ever had. It helped me connect what I read in textbooks with real life practice. Doctors and nurses have to start somewhere, and observations are the safest, easiest way to do it.
I hope you get to observe some births soon!
Post # 10
PaisleyMedic: nope, but my answer is because giving birth is so personal that the only persons I would want is my dr, my nurse, and my husband. My vagina/uterus isn’t a science expirement. My mother was a nurse, FYI, so it’s not that I’m unsympathetic.
Post # 11
PaisleyMedic: I would be fine with it. I’m having a home birth and will have two student midwives at my birth. I think as long as it’s done in a reverent, respectable manner.. No problem.
Post # 12
I would have no problem letting a student observe. Being a Registered Nurse myself, I have an appreciation for the fact that students need experiences if they are to be competent new graduates.
Having had 2 children myself, I can tell you that I didn’t care who was in the delivery room as long as those babies were delivered safely, nor would I mind if my assigned nurse had a student with her through my labour.
Post # 13
I had a c-section in Nov and while there were no students during the surgery, there were a few in recovery. Honestly, I wouldn’t have cared if a student RN was there, they need to learn! Mine was a planned c-section, so I didn’t go through labor, my opinion might be different if I did. Also, c-sections are no less personal than natural. They were all up in my business several times because of the cath.
then again, my nurses said I was one of the most laid back moms they had ever had.
Post # 14
PaisleyMedic: I’d have no problem with it! Observing is a big way for student nurses and doctors to learn.
Post # 15
Mermaid1082: Brace2014: I completely understand the intimacy aspect, and of course I absolutely respect that!
sarahalthea: I really hope you wouldn’t think a nursing student considers your vagina/uterus to be a “science experiment”. I can’t speak for all nursing students, but I feel very confident saying that this is not how we feel about your labor and delivery. That’s less accurate than saying that a doctor or nurse would consider your vagina/uterus a “paycheck”.
And I do feel really badly for the male nursing students. I don’t have any in my group this semester, but I can imagine the parents won’t let them do much.