A fall followed by red-that’s danger sign

Kay* was brought into the labour ward hauling in pain. Aroused by the desperate screams, I rose from my chair in the nurse’s station and made my way to the entrance of the ward where the receiving nurse was trying in vain to calm a hysterical Kay. Her husband who had also accompanied her to…

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I am in labour, where is the pain?

As narrated by a Midwife Lynn walked into the ward at 11am full of fear and anxiety about the so called ‘labor pains’. She had heard from her friends over and over again that it is the worst experience a human being has ever been through. Part of her overbearing anxiety was based on her…

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No Heart Beat

As narrated by a maternity nurse It was on a Sunday morning when I had just reported on duty. I received the handover report and by 9am, my colleagues and I were set to start off the day. Little did we know what awaited us. Twenty six year old and 37 weeks pregnant ‘Becky shuffled…

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From Shrill to Shrill!

A REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE AS WITNESSED BY A MATERNITY NURSE Lydia was wheeled by her husband into labour and delivery section shrilling at the top of her lungs. To try and restore the hospitals rattled calm, I quickly guided them to a room. There was fear in her eyes and definite anxiety in her vocalization…

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Umbilical cord

AN ENCOUNTER WITH CORD PROLAPSE SHE seemed just like any other patient when she was brought into the labour ward. I was informed by her minders that hers was a delivery emergency. I welcomed her and immediately requested her to change into a hospital gown as I took her details. She gave her name as…

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My first test as a nurse

The first time I helped someone deliver away from the hospital environment was when I was in college just after my midwifery course. I had little experience in midwifery; but I had to help a life come safely into the world. I was about to start doing the evening rounds in the delivery room when…

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She had a weak uterus

A REAL LIFE ACCOUNT AS WITNESSED BY A MATERNITY NURSE Alice arrived at the hospital at around 11.00 a.m., in tears. She was hysterical and repeatedly exclaimed that her baby was coming out. I tried to calm her down and get her to explain what the problem was. She was twenty weeks into her second…

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Low-lying placenta: why it happens

Low — lying placenta: why it happens A real life experience as witnessed by a maternity nurse. Help me doctor! That was Sarah’s distress call as soon as she entered the consultation room at our clinic. ‘I have been bleeding since last night.’ she explained. I urged her to relax so that she could tell…

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A quadruplets mother’s Journey to success

While impending motherhood is a joy for most women, being pregnant is hard enough. The trouble is multiplied by two if it’s twins, by three if it’s triplets and so on. However, with trust of inner wisdom, self-determination and the maternal psyche, women successfully manage to carry the pregnancy to at least 37-38 weeks gestation. Carrying…

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Ruptured uterus — it could be avoided

Ruptured uterus — it could be avoided In a busy labour-ward like the one where I work, there is always a lot of activity and no end of drama. The situation can really get out of hand as it happened this particular morning. The staff of a local Council had gone on strike over some…

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