I witnessed the miracle of human borth. It wasn't a natural delivery, so there was no mother moaning in pain as her infant inched his way out of the birth canal to join humanity, but it was about as dramatic and every bit as miraculous as a traditional birth.
The baby's mother suffers from cystic fibrosis and would have had trouble with a lengthy labor. Forthermore, even a five-pound child was probably more than she would have been able to push out. It was a planned Caesarean delivery that was moved up by a few hours when the mother's mwater broke and labor began in earnest.
The delivery team quickly assembled. blood was typed, the mother was prepped, and we all scrubbed and put on our protective gear. theanesthesiologist worked her magic with a spinal block, and a few minutes later baby Andrew was screaming. He did well for being five weeks early with apgar scores I can't recall but what would be considered good for a full-term baby.
Everyone but the two surgeons, the OR technician, the obstetrical nurse, a gastroenterological surgeon, and the anesthesiologist left as soon as the baby was out. I stayed because i was supposed to observe the entire procedure. I actually performed, underuincredibly close supervision (as in the assisting surgeoan's hand's were practically on top pf mine as I stitched0, three of the internal sutures. A whole lot goes on even in a routine C-section once the baby has been removed, but in this case, the gastroenterologist wanted to take the opportunity since the mother's abdomen was open to look at a couple of places he though adhesions ight be forming from previous surgeries. his work made the surgery even longer, but eventually the final external sutures were made, the mother was rolled into recovery, and the father came in with the baby.
The little giy is incredibly cute, and I'm not saying that just because he's my Godchild. He has light olive skin and very dark brown hair- almost black; he's half cuban -- and blue eyes. The obstetrical nurse can usually tell with the eyes even of a neonate whether they're staying blue or turning, and she says the baby's eyes will be blue. time will tell.
The baby likes me. I can always get him to stop crying. He doesn't like me as well as he likes his mother, who has all the equipment to feed him, but still he likes me.
Witnessing new life coming into existence is nothing short of awe-inspiring.