(Closed) Would you let a student nurse observe your delivery?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Would you allow a student RN to observe your delivery?

    Yes, of course!

    Yes, but only if I was having a vaginal delivery.

    Yes, but only if I was having a C-section.

    Nope! No students for me!

    Other (specify)

  • Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    No kids for me (yet, if ever)  but I think my initial reaction would be to want to limit the number of people who see my lady parts. But now that you mention it I guess I should let people learn!

    Post # 17
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I absolutely would allow a student to observe, male or female. I mean, we are assuming here that if it’s a male, he WANTS to know this stuff, he is doing it as a career beacuse the science of it interests him and not beacuse he is a pervert.

    Anyway, how else do you learn? It’s not like they asked if you could hold the knife as a student. I’m all about teaching hospitals and sharing my experiences to improve medicine and education. But I’m also not a super modest person. 

    Post # 18
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I have always opted to allow students in the room for all of the procedures/appointments I have had. Same goes for when/if I give birth. How else are they supposed to learn? I would, however, make sure it truly is just an observation and that they won’t be distracting/asking questions in the room.

    I personally don’t understand why people say no- I guess I get that it’s a personal moment but imagine if they were a nurse and it was their first time seeing/dealing with a birth because they weren’t ever allowed to observe. How would the people who said no feel about having an inexperienced nurse…

    Maybe it would be easier if the mother was asked ahead of time and had the chance to meet the student?

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    A student nurse should be the least of someone’s worries when they’re giving birth, or having any other medical procedures. Student nurses usually just stand against the wall and watch. I work in healthcare and would be MUCH more worried about resident physicians, anesthesia student, etc… I know people have to learn ON someone (as I have), but oh hell no!

    Post # 20
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I actually have allowed two nursing students observe. One was when I was having my cervix examined at a prenatal appointment, my doctor had the student feel my stomach and explained the firming uterus, and had them look “up in there” while she was examining me (it was a little strange and not sure why it was necessary, but oh well). Another one observed my c-section. I didn’t have any issue with it. These students are our future caregivers, they need to observe and learn all that they can in my opinion. I think students need to get as much first hand experience as possible. I think that helps them to be more knowlegeable/comfortable once they start their career. 

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I definitely would. There was some sort of student (I think medical but maybe nursing) observing when I had my d&c. I don’t mind it for two reasons – one, everyone has to learn somehow, and I’m happy to do what I can to help future doctors and nurses… And two, I know that when I’m being shadowed by a student or an intern at my job, I make sure to do an extra-great job! If I’m teaching someone how to do it, I’m not going to take any shortcuts or rush through anything. So I think having a student observe is a good way to make sure you’re getting extra-special care! Lol. 

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    PaisleyMedic:  that was a very glib way of me saying that I don’t want any part of my delivery to be study material for students. I’ve had interns, students, etc be part of other medical stuff I’ve had. But I draw the line at intimate moments like giving birth. It’s not like getting stitched up or taking blood or even surgery- it’s emotional and private and personal. If I don’t want my own sisters there, why would a want a stranger who isn’t licensed yet to practice medicine, to be a part of something so private. I can’t believe I have to even defend that… People either mind or they don’t, it’s a personal choice. And it’s a personal choice to be respected: otherwise patients wouldn’t have that choice.

    Post # 24
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016 - Our Castle

    The Question you have posed is only for the student to observe so i see no problem with it. They are in no control and have no authority. You are there to learn and everyone should understand that the professional in control was once as student as well.

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    PaisleyMedic:  I would totally! but i am a CNA and worked in labor and Delivery. even though im not a nurse they allowed me to watch just for educational purposes. three moms allowed me to witness their births vaginally. When i was a CNA in the OR i was able to watch two C-sections. sounds like your lady was just a stingy mom. c-sections are really scary for moms so i would assume she just didnt want to have to worry about you in there or didnt want you to see her exposed. (even though everyone else does)  ive had a mom tell me they went in with scary thoughts and it created a very bad experiance for them.

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I wouldnt care at all and I don’t see why anyone would care. Everybody has to learn. How can we expect to have healthcare workers if we don’t let them observe?

    Post # 27
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I personally want the least amount of people as possible (in fact I’d go with a home birth if at all possible.)

    But I was actually birthed by a nursing student. My mom labored so quickly (I was born like 5 minutes after she signed into the hospital) that the doctor wasn’t available, so the nurses and nursing students did it all. My mom said she didn’t care at all.

    Post # 28
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I was a student in the medical field (but veterinary, not humans) so faced my fair share of “I don’t want a student touching my pet!”.  It is an important part of the education process so I would have no problem with a student being present and learning from the experience.

    Post # 29
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    I wouldn’t mind. I was a studen teacher once…. you need real life experience!

    Post # 30
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If I was having a scheduled c-section and they had the divider thing up so I couldn’t really see, I don’t think I’d mind. But I’d prefer to limit the amount of people in the room if I’m delivering vaginally. I have a doctor and nurse for parents so I totally understand why they want to observe, but I’m just not comfortable with it.

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