It’s no surprise that nurses are amongst the most caring professions, as these caretakers in scrubs are known for doing anything it takes to make their patients feel content and cared for. Not only do they ease the pain of ailing bodies but they also comfort the heartbroken without even being asked. There is certainly something special about the profession and not everyone has what it takes.
If you’ve given birth, then you know the dedication that the nurses in the maternity wards have for their patients, and it’s hard to forget the nurse that was by your side either during or after you delivered your child.
Mommy blogger, Jill Krause was so inspired by the help that she received from her nurses after giving birth that she wanted to thank them in a way that they would remember. The mother of four found a photo of a nurse crouched down in front of a mom, taken by birth photographer Katie Lacer. The photo is a raw depiction of what a woman goes through during the days following birth and captures just how dedicated a maternity nurse is to her patients.
After contacting Katie and getting her permission, Jill shared the photo on her blog, alongside a caption that is sure to make any mom tear up…
“I’ll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby. 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.
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.
This photo by my friend MommaKT Shoots just takes me right back. Like, I can smell the Dermaplast. Let’s hear it for the nurses and the doulas and anyone else who shows us how to make ice pad underwear (or helps with that first shower post c-section!)”
She went on to detail the account of her labor and the nurse who was by her side…
“When I was pushing, I’ll never forget pulling my face away from my nurse’s chest to see her scrub top SOAKED with my sweat and tears. I was like, ‘Oh my god I’m so sorry!’ And she went,’Baby, this is life all over my shirt. Nowhere else I’d rather be. Now let’s get that baby out.’ I loved her. I can’t wait to be a nurse.”
“And here’s to the nurses who practically carry you to the toilet after a c-section…and hand you a popsicle after to celebrate your first post-surgery walk.”
“I still feel bad for trying to punch the nurse who was pressing down on my uterus right after my c-section. It was a fight or flight reflex to the pain. She caught my fist with one hand, kept right on working with the other. She was a badass.”
Jill’s post went viral and nurses are being applauded for their dedication and ability to make life’s toughest moment, that much easier.