(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 # 31
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    Sugar Beekeeper
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    GrannyPantiesRock:  Why does it matter what someone’s biggest worry is, as long as it’s not negatively affecting them?  If someone doesn’t want a student present, that’s their right.

    Post # 32
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    Blushing bee
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    sarahalthea:  +1  It’s a very intimate moment for me, I just would want minimal people there.

    Post # 33
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    Sugar bee
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    For a c-section, I don’t think I would care, but I would say no for a vaginal birth.  And not because I’d feel weird about people seeing me naked (that’s just part of giving birth), but because I feel like I’m going to want as few people in the room as possible – preferably just my husband, my midwife, and my nurse.  I would want to be able to focus and feel as comfortable and calm as possible, and a bunch of people being there might get in the way of that.  Then again, I’m not even pregnant yet, so who knows how I’ll feel when the time comes.

    Post # 34
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I have no problem with students observing any medical procedure. I’m studying for a career in healthcare myself so I understand the need for observation/practice.

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee
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    PaisleyMedic:  Given the fact that I grew up in a medical household, with members of my family working and studying in medicine I got to witness  devoted and hardworking nurses, medics, and doctors, first hand. I also know their quirky sense of human and fascination with the human body. I don’t want it in my delivery room. I know what drs, med students, nurses, emts, admins, etc joke and talk about in the nursing office because every weekend overtime shift my mom worked, I was right there in the ER, OR, and oncology nursing station, eavesdropping and playing with those crazy multicolored pens.

    And FYI, maybe you find it insulting, but it sometimes does feel like being a science expirement, like the time an intern accidentally pricked my cervix with a speculum and I started bleeding, and then after apologizing reminded me to “lie still” so it doesn’t happen again. (Doctor immediately took over after that comment.)

    Maybe you can take that observation and instead of feeling insulted, use it to recognize when someone cannot separate themselves from the science of practicing medicine and apply it to bedside manner.

    Post # 36
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    PaisleyMedic:  Are we talking one student? Or would my female bits be the subject of multiple viewings? I ask because I had a friend who was subjected to literally a constant flow of students and that wasn’t what she had agreed to. She later filed a complaint against the hospital as she was humiliated to say the least.

    If it were the case of one student (female only) I would say sure why not. I don’t mind you observing to learn. So far with this pregnancy I have had two students observe. One experience was great and one not so much so as far as hands on I might decline. My Nuchal U/S took 90 minutes because the first 30+ minutes were spent having a student try to figure it out. I was uncomfortable to say the least.

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
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    Yes of course, as long as the student is JUST observing and not like, delivering the baby or anything like that

    Post # 38
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    Buzzing bee

    Working for an ambulance department we have student paramedics that come through all the time and I wish they had more experience before they sent them to us some times. That being said I personally would not mind if a student observed, took notes whatever as long as they are not a distraction being there. That being said I know birth is a very private thing and some times (if there are cultural or religious difference especially) it can be difficult for a lady to even have more than one nurse or dr see her at a time so I would just chalk it up to modesty or anxiety, I am sure it was nothing against you personally. 

    Post # 40
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    Busy bee

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    PaisleyMedic:  I would have no problem letting a student observe me giving birth vaginally or c-section. If the particular student was making me uncomfortable I would ask them to leave, just like I would ask for a different nurse If I didn’t like one of the ones I had. I see no difference in having a strange medical/nursing student in the room as I do any of the nurses, it’s not like I will have met anyone in the room other than my doctor before anyways. I always let students in to my appointments when asked, and only one of them has been weird, but he was just awkward so it didn’t bother me. 

    Post # 41
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    Bumble bee
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    My friend had a student midwife during the birth of her second.  It was a very difficult labour (newborn was 12 pounds and looked like a 3 month old poor girl!)  And when his head appeared, his shoulders got stuck.  They tried to cut her (sorry about the TMI) and it didn’t work so they had the forceps, and were starting to stress as he was getting tired and mum was getting tired.  His heart rate accelerated hugely and right as they were really starting to worry about mum and baby, student midwife came in their, did some twisting manouver with his shoulders and he came rushing out.  She had seen it one other time when she was observing and had made a note of it.  My friend was so relieved, she told anyone who listened that there’s a chance this student saved her son or prevented her from an emergency c-section.  So I would definitely allow it, so long as they were not being intrusive or asking the dr/midwife/nurse a question while they are busy on me.

    Post # 42
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    Helper bee
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    PaisleyMedic:  I was asked if i would allow a student to be present during labour and birth (25 years ago now) and due to being high as a kite on gas and air i said yes i dont care who is here! My baby came so quick though,that she actually delivered him! She was absolutely thrilled and i was delighted to have my son be her very first delivery.25 years on and she is a midwife and remembers her first delivery more than any other. Had a student for one other birth but wasnt asked for the other 2 but would def had said yes!

    Post # 43
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    Helper bee
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    Absolutely! 

    I am a physician assistant, and the only way I was able to learn was HANDS ON. I personally thanked every patient that allowed me to observe or even perform procedures, examined them… etc. 

    A great physician, PA, nurse etc… is great because of experience. You can read and study all you want but actually DOING is how you learn.

    I can’t believe a previous post said your vagina/uterus is ” not a science experiment”. Honestly, I take extreme offense to that. The doctor that delivered your baby was once a student too. Let’s not forget that. 

    Post # 44
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    Buzzing bee

    Definitely not! Especially not for my first delivery. It has nothing to do with the students at all. It has to do with me being comfortable. The only people I want in my delivery room are my husband and whoever HAS to be there. My doctor, attending nurse. Whatever. No more than that. I’m very private.

    Post # 45
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    Sugar Beekeeper
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    PaisleyMedic:  nope. I’m not shy at all but giving birh was such a special, intimate and private experience. It was DH my doc and one nurse (plus a ped nurse at the very end) and I loved how calm and noN chaotic it was. Even one more person would have thrown it all off for me given the room size, etc. I also wouldn’t want some student there asking questions or having the doc/nurse explaining things or something like that. i was torn between two hospitals and chose the one that does not have any students there for that exact reason. I didn’t want anyone even asking me if it was okay.

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