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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Friday, January 09, 2004
Posted 6:01 AM by Kelly
It's a Girl!!!

I just helped deliver a baby girl. No matter that I am at work, have been here all night, she was one of about 5 or so deliveries since 11pm, and it is my job. Despite all that, it was exciting and energizing.

One of the many reasons I quit my full-time nursing job and came to law school was that I realized the miracle of birth no longer aroused any feelings of awe or wonder within me. I was joking with fellow labor and delivery nurses this morning that when I found myself yawning during a delivery and wondering if my shift was over yet, I knew it was time to move on.
My colleagues laughed, but they also understood.

I'm sure it is the nature of many an occupation that repetition and a heavy workload tend to convert even the most thrilling of events into mundane tasks. However, the 'event' in question is the birth of a child. An event that moved me the first time I witnessed it and one that is, to me, a wonderful work of God. I didn't want to become so jaded that births could no longer stir my emotions.

Due to the demands of law school, I work very few hours at the hospital these days. Lately I have been working in the triage area and so haven't assisted with or even viewed a birth in probably months. This morning they called me over to help because there was no translator available and I speak poquito Espanol. I am happy to report that I truly enjoyed helping out and I was honestly excited as I watched the miracle unfold before me.

I am just a bit worried because I don't want to give up the opportunity to help deliver babies altogether. And yet I know that a new career as an attorney will require me to do just that.

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