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

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Would you allow a student RN to observe your delivery?
    Yes, of course! : (204 votes)
    81 %
    Yes, but only if I was having a vaginal delivery. : (1 votes)
    0 %
    Yes, but only if I was having a C-section. : (13 votes)
    5 %
    Nope! No students for me! : (33 votes)
    13 %
    Other (specify) : (2 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 76
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I delivered my first son at the UW hospital, I had many students and I was always asked before hand. I had no problem with it and they were all respectable. I lost any hint of modesty at about 6 months.

    Post # 77
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    903 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Go ahead! Have fun! Lol im a med student so i understand where you’re coming from. In my obs/gyn rotation, only one person (out of 100+) requested i not be in the room. Alot of people were really great with it.

    The c sections were a little different, because most of the ones i scrubbed in for were emergencies in the middle of the night and i was the only one around who could assist, so it was more of an introduction and explaining my role rather than asking for proper permission.

    Its an incredible privilege and i am forever grateful to these families. Delivering a dry, plastic dummy is so incredibly different than a real life baby. You cannot properly learn everything on the simulators so this real world experience is essential.  Best of luck in the rest of your studies!

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by  dv3849.
    Post # 78
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    1303 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    My son is one month old today.  I specified no student in my birth plan, and I am very glad that I did.  The only people in my labor room were my OB, one nurse (though a second nurse took over when her shift ended), my husband and my doula.  Occasionally someone came in to take blood or perform some other sort of function, and an anesthesiologist came in about 3/4 of the way through my labor when I finally decided to get an epidural.

    I am an introverted person who is terrified of most things medical.  I suspected that fewer people would make it easier for me to get through my labor.  In hindsight I believe my instincts were correct.  I got very upset whenever anyone tried to touch me or make noise during a contraction.  I even yelled at my husband at one point when he opened a package of cookies because the noise was so distracting.  I also screamed through every contraction for 17 hours (until I got the epi).  I was a very difficult, foul-mouthed patient.  I am very glad that the absolute minimum number of people witnessed that.  And I believe that the smaller number of people made it easier for me to concentrate through the contractions.

    I understand intellectually that students need to start somewhere.  But I knew that a crowd of people would make labor more difficult for me, and I felt justified being selfish about the most painful, life-changing and emotional day of my life.

    I am very glad that there was not a cast of thousands at my birth and will make the same request if there is a next time.

    Post # 79
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    4150 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t think this would bother me at all.  But I haven’t been through L&D yet, so I guess I can’t say for sure. 

    Post # 80
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    2123 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’m totally against non essential staff being present at delivery, but I would consider a BSN or Med Student. They have something to gain, and so long as they are respectful in their presence and helpful to the essential staff and not a distraction. As a nurse, I can tell you most patients are open to students assisting and observing their care. It was wonderful being able to experience real life patient care. Otherwise it’s just lecture and books with no way to apply even the most basic skills.

    Post # 81
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    1138 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    The man in the moon could have been watching my delivery, I would have had no idea. I did an unmedicated vaginal birth, and I was so out of it and in so much pain, yeah, it didn’t matter. I had all this stuff on my birth plan about, no residents at my birth, attending only… yeah no. So I would say plan all you want, but you really won’t care when in the moment is my bet. 

    Post # 82
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    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    I’m not pregnant and probably won’t be any time soon. But I would be okay with a student observing, no asking questioms or participating though. 

    I used to be very self conscious  about my naked body. I still am but I’ve had to go to the gynecologist And doctor a couple of times in my life now. At this point modesty is out the door when it comes to the doctor. I just want you to help me and help me get better I don’t care if your male or female. 

    Post # 83
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    1219 posts
    Bumble bee

    I didn’t care who watched.  By the time i was in delivery I was asking everybody within earshot to help get this kid out of me. The only person that didn’t want to watch was ME!  I had them turn the overhead mirror so I couldn’t see.  Not a fan of the blood, especially my own.  hehe.

    Post # 84
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    2455 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    JenGirl:  +1, this.

    I know some people want it to be a really private affair, but I think they also need to remember that the doctor and nurse they do have were once students.  They’re basically relying on others to provide experience for their own benefit without paying into the system. 

    I personally would much rather have a student observe me than be “stuck” with a nurse who had never been allowed to watch someone give birth before.

    Post # 85
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    233 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I actually had two students at the birth of my baby. One girl was in her final year of midwifery, the other was doing a midwifery only course.

    I’ve been a nursing student myself, so I know what it’s like to want to learn

    Post # 86
    Hostess
    11051 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    PaisleyMedic: Yeah I would! I’d be grateful of the help and support I could get. 

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