The Real Heroes of the Maternity Wards Aren't the Doctors, It's the Nurses

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Delivering a baby is a powerful, life-altering experience, but the immediate aftermath can leave us weak and physically vulnerable. After the cord is cut and all our friends and family are off celebrating the baby, it's the labor and delivery nurses who are there for the moms, making sure we're okay every sore, shuffling step of the way. 


Jill Krause of the blog Baby Rabies recently posted a super sweet shout-out on Facebook to all the hardworking labor and delivery nurses out there that will sound familiar to anyone who's done that first post-delivery walk to the bathroom while leaning heavily on the angel that is your nurse. "I'll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby," she writes. "That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone. They treated me with such kindness and dignity."

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Krause's words, along with a gorgeous photo by MommaKT Shoots of a nurse helping a brand-new mom in the bathroom, are bringing up memories for tons of moms. Her post has been shared over 40,000 times and is filled with over 4,000 comments from women chiming in to share how amazing their own nurses were in helping them during those first few hours after delivery when you're exhausted and dealing with so much that's new and unknown.

Sometimes they do double duty as nurse and birth photographer.

They can be a big support during labor too. 

Our nurses see new moms at our most vulnerable, and are there to help.

Nurses have the nugget hook-up.  

Krause goes on to explain that although she might not have known her nurses personally, having them with her during such an emotional time made her feel like part of something bigger. "For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies."

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Yes, we love our OBs and all that they do to care for our babies, and we're forever grateful for their hard work in helping our little ones make it from our bellies to the bassinet. But to the nurses who remember that Mom's a patient too, who make us feel less embarrassed by our bodily fluids and who help us get comfortable after the longest day of our lives -- we couldn't do it without you.

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