Dukan – Day 137 How To Save A Life

Wednesday was a PP day… Day 2 of 4

Daily weight loss: 0.7 lb/0.3 kg
Total weight loss: 57.9 lb/26.31 kg

Well I certainly had a busy day! I started off with my 1 mile walk to work in the freezing 31 degree air… Certainly wakes ya up. Morning rounds and help with breastfeeding and met a lovely local girl, in early labor, who lived in the States for several years. Then off to bath babies, 5 of the little squirmy things! You give them a bath, they float in the tank for 15 minutes and then you give them a head to toe massage and then dress them… The midwives do this here at the hospital I work at, and I have to admit I enjoy it. They play classical music in the background and it’s nice and warm and you get to snuggle with babies… Great job πŸ™‚


Then after lunch I’m told that the lady in early labor is requesting me to be her midwife and she wants a water birth… I put my head phones back on to finish up an infection control policy that I was working on (my alleged real job here is Quality Manager) and the last song I listened to was The Frey “How To Save A Life”. Went over, patient on Pitocin, rockin’ and rollin’, and moving all over the tub (I will add here that International standards of care recommend that women receiving oxytocin for induction be on continuous fetal monitoring and not laboring in a birth tub!). BUT, I decided to follow the advise of Dear Abby from my quote of the day the other day and only work on improving MYSELF… Too bad I got Kathy’s Blog advise AFTER work about it not being relevant to my job where I’m suppose TO change others, LOL
Anyway… Beautiful water birth, flat baby who required 5 minutes of resuscitation. NOTE TO SELF… Don’t listen to How To Save A Life, when waiting to go to a birth!! Baby is fine, midwife has a few extra gray hairs! Here’s the little brute:


And this is Li’an, the midwife who came into help with the resus…


So a good outcome is all that matters… On the list, protocol for appropriate management of induction of labor… I could be employed here for a long, long time!


Quote of the day: “Thank you, baby boy, now I’m gonna smack you with a big old kiss!” ~ S. Blankenship-yesterday πŸ™‚

11 thoughts on “Dukan – Day 137 How To Save A Life

    • Thanks, Moonday… I’m not a hero… just a midwife who takes her training seriously… thank God for NRP classes!!! To be honest, I had a good feeling about this baby (I have incredible intuition) and didn’t doubt for one second he would join us… even when it was taking longer than I wanted it to! LOL He gave me the sweetest look an hour ago when I went to check on him… we’re bonded… it’s the best part of this vocation!

  1. Glad everything went well. Story brought tears to my eyes. You have trained a good team there, you should be proud. But I know what you mean by relying on your own good training and instincts.I also know the exhaustion after. Thank you for excellent story.

    Great with getting your grove back weight loss wise.

  2. I so want to be you! LOL I promise, I am not a scary stalker, just impressed with all the wonderful things that you do. I work for four pediatricians, used to be clinical but now Billing Mgr. I miss the hands on. I wish you were around when my daughter was induced. That was a darn nightmare for her!

    I am on day five of Dukan and down 4 pounds! Yeah me! LOL

  3. Wow… that is STRESSFUL stuff!! 5 minutes is a long time doing anything but I dread to think how long that feels when trying to do resuscitation on a newborn. But a happy ending which is great πŸ™‚

    Got your second message yesterday too, made me smile! I found some of the book quite technical but there is some incredible information in it too. He has a blog here: http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/

    And another loss – go Sandi

    • 5 minutes seems like eternity in a resus, thats why I’m programmed to hit the timer on the resus to keep track.

      I’m loving the Wheat Belly… I’m totally going to check out his blog, thanks for passing it along!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s