The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
When a mom to little ones is in the hospital you can pretty much guarantee she is lonely. Not only is she missing her children but her husband is most likely with the kids and not her. The kids are scared and confused as to why mom is in the hospital. They need to see dad since they can’t see mom and that means mom is alone at the hospital. During times like these nurses are extra important. Pampers recognizes the important role nurses play which is why they created the Thank You Nurses Awards.
My pregnancies were kind of rough and I landed in the hospital for overnight stays far too often. I can remember distinctly 3 different hospital stays where a nurse was there for me in my loneliness. Labor and Delivery, NICU, and Postpartum Nurses are amazing people. The deal with all kinds of things all day long and they do it with a smile. My first memory is from my third pregnancy. My blood pressure had spiked so high they admitted me. I was dizzy, seeing spots and very, very nauseous. I ended up getting violently ill and a sweet nurse held my hair back and pressed a cool towel to my forehead. In my memory, it was such a personal and compassionate gesture and it really meant a lot to me.
During my 4th pregnancy I had very low potassium levels and was admitted to the hospital for several days while they raised my levels through IV, that was not fun. Most of the time I felt fine but was confined to the bed with a fetal monitor I was really bored and lonely. There was one nurse who was so sweet and attentive. Receiving potassium via IV can cause an intense burning sensation and she was closely monitoring me so she could keep me comfortable. I even remember her doing a middle of the night kitchen raid for bagels with peanut butter, I really felt cared for thanks to that sweet nurse who helped me feel less lonely.
When my 5th daughter was born, things went crazy fast. Like all my other births my daughter was immediately handed to me, but unlike her sisters she cried once then got very still and quiet. I looked at my husband and then the nurse and I knew something was wrong and no one else saw it. I told the nurse something wasn’t right and instead of brushing me off as a woman who just gave birth she listened and more importantly she sprang into action to help my baby. It was unclear what was wrong but her oxygen stats were dropping and she was turning blue. Less than 20 minutes after my daughter was born she was gone and so was everyone but one nurse. That nurse came over, squeezed my hand and told me they would take good care of my baby girl. I needed that and I was so grateful to that nurse.
Pampers recognizes the important role that nurses play in helping mom and baby bond. In collaboration with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), Pampers has launched the second annual Pampers Swaddlers Thank You Nurses Awards to honor Labor & Delivery nurses, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurses and Postpartum nurses around the country. This year there were so many amazing submission and the winners are Laurie Milliken (Labor & Delivery), Elizabeth
Giambrone (NICU), and Billie Warren (Postpartum). Congratulations to all 3 of you and thank you for all of your hard work for the moms and babies you treat every day!