Tag:neonatal

mx-hermosillo-hospitalToday (Wednesday), I went back to the womens hospital and got to see some really cool stuff! I watched a lot of natural births. Most of the women were so young -- I was so suprised. I also saw the procedure for a miscarriage for a 14 year old girl. The c-sections I saw were really great too. One of them was on a 9 pound baby! It was kind of scary because it took them a while to get the big guy out. I guess once they break the sac, they only have so much time to get the baby out safely but because this baby was just so big a couple of the doctors had to literally put their entire body weight into pushing on the mom's abdomen to get the baby to come out. Then of course there was the whole grabbing of the head thing which drives me crazy. They pull so hard you'd think that there must be a breaking point. Oh man, the babies were so cute and wonderful. Whenever we had an down time we would just go in the room where they take the fresh babies and we would just hold them.

One thing that I thought was interesting was that they don't really allow the mothers to hold their babies right after they're born. Once the baby is born they clean it up, bring it over to the mother just to show her, them take it off to another room for about an hour. Is that the way it is here in the states? I guess I would wanna hold my baby for a bit if I went through all that trouble to get the darn thing out of me. I do understand that the mother is exhausted beyond belief and probably needs to rest anyway.

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iStock_000001821815XSmallI spent the day at the childrens hospital. We didn't have a translator with us so it was kinda boring for the first bit but we found a nurse that was happy to try to speak English with us.

Anyway, I spent the first few hours walking around the neonatal unit. it was so so touching. the babies were so small and helpless. I figured that most of these babies don't get enough physical affection so i just walked around and caressed them as much as I could. it was heartbreaking cause most of them had tubes sticking out every which way. I watched a nurse trying to take some blood from a few babies. I would never want to try to start an IV...her veins are just so tiny.  A lot of the babies had a bunch of hair growing on their faces and backs because they were so emaciated. I got to hold one of the really small babies and calm her down after one of the nurses tried to take some blood with a big needle.

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