Category: Nursing

Work Matters

Work Matters

I thought I owe you all an update with regards to my job and the clinic I work at, and how things have changed – because they have changed a TON in the last six months, and I realized I hadn’t told any of you what was going on! (more…)

The Truth About Labour – What Are They Doing to my Baby?

Often, there is so much information to take in with regards to labour, that many people don’t know the facts from the falsehoods.  Here is the truth about: What Are They Doing to my Baby?

What Are They Doing to my Baby?

After delivery, it is always recommended that you have skin-to-skin contact with your baby to allow for bonding. If you are going to breastfeed your baby, the best time to start is within 30 minutes of delivering. Either way, at one stage or another, baby will be taken away from you for the hospital staff to ensure everything is fine.

They may clean her up a bit; they’ll give her an injection of Vitamin K to help with blood clotting, and will administer eye ointment to prevent any infections. They may give her some oxygen if she is a bit blue, and they will also do some measurements – weight, length and head circumference. These are necessary tasks to be done, but your baby will be back with you in no time for more alone time and bonding.

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Tales of a Student Nurse: Sister Zee

Theatre was interesting for a number of reasons. I had to work 50 hours in theatre when I was training as part of my Nursing degree. On our first day there, after orientation about where everything was (which I couldn’t care less about considering I didn’t want to fetch anything – I really just wanted to see blood and gore), a sister came up to us and introduced herself. “Hi guys, I’m Sister Zee.” She seemed pretty cool. It was only later I realized that she suffered from raging Bipolar Disorder. (more…)

Tales of a Student Nurse: No Crazy for Me Today

Myself, Cindy and Ariel often sat outside the main entrance of the hospital on concrete steps. Firstly, because the cafeteria smelt like poop and secondly, because the Canteen only sold Food Poisoning. The psychiatric patients on the second floor often looked down at us sitting in the freedom and tended to take a liking to me and would wave at me constantly.

I kept seeing the same patient for a couple of weeks in a row. He would wave at me every time he saw me and he would gesture over and over that I must come up and visit him. No thanks, not ready to be murdered today! I hadn’t seen him in a while. I thought that maybe he was discharged. Or knocked-out by a tazer or all the anti-crazy pills. Or sitting outside my bedroom window right now, watching me. (more…)

The Truth About Labour – The Placenta

Often, there is so much information to take in with regards to labour, that many people don’t know the facts from the falsehoods.  Here is the truth about: The Placenta.

The Placenta

Delivery of the placenta is very easy, and you are largely uninvolved with this part of the delivery. You will most likely be focused on your baby, without realizing what is going on around you.

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Let’s Talk About Postnatal Depression

Often, Postnatal Depression or PND is confused with the ‘baby blues’. The baby blues is a period where you may find yourself quite sad, weepy, tired and emotional in the week after you have given birth, and the blues resolve on their own. Postnatal Depression is much more serious than this.

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The Breastfeeding Top-Up Trap

It is common for newly breastfeeding moms to fall into what we call ‘the top-up trap’. Haven’t heard of this before?

Here’s how it works:

After you have delivered your baby, it takes a few days for your milk to ‘come in’.  In the beginning, all you will have is small amounts of colostrum being secreted.  Moms worry when they don’t see actual milk, and think that perhaps they are not making enough milk for their baby. (more…)