15The Nurse Who Just Handed Her A Baby

This one might be surprising to some, but when I gave birth to my first child, I was so exhausted after 17 hours of labor and an emergency C-section, I wanted to hold my newborn baby for about two minutes, and then I wanted the nurse to take her to

that precious little baby nursery I had seen in the movies. When I asked the nurse to please take my child away, I needed some rest, a grin split her face in half and a booming laugh greeted me. “What’s so funny?” I asked her.

“We don’t do that anymore. Your baby stays right here with you. Oh, and by the way, you better get that baby latching right now, she looks hungry.” In that moment, I was overcome with rage at that poor nurse. Ultimately, I was grateful for the bonding experience that followed. But at the time, I was so mad, let’s just say it’s a good thing there wasn’t a scalpel nearby...I never wanted to cut someone so badly in my life.

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