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February 28, 2011



You're right, this breaks my heart. I consider myself to be pretty tough about medical stuff but this patient would be hard to care for since your heart would be constantly breaking for her. I'm glad she's alive though!


If you get to care for her again, see if NICU will bring the babe over. If he's stable, maybe they will. We bring over babies often to moms who cannot visit the unit. That is, of course, if she's not under contact precautions. Thank you for helping her pump!! It always makes me sad that our ICU moms and babies to ICU moms don't get EBM.

Emily of Deutschland

I know it's good that she's awake, but at the same time, I can't help but think, "Oh GOD, she has to be awake for all this?" And how the hell does someone survive a spontaneous birth while needing to be in the ICU?? Even if you survive and get to the other side, how do you get past a beginning so traumatic? I will be praying for mothers who will one day hold their children and know them well.


This breaks my heart. I'm so glad she's alive, and the baby's alive, and I'm so sad for all of them.


I hope she gets to hold her baby one day very soon and they are all able to prevail over this horrible beginning to their life as a family. Thank you for the update Linda.


Oh honey, this is heart wrenching. That poor woman! Certainly helps me remember just how blessed I was and continue to be in motherhood. What a tragedy. Saying a little prayer for her. And for you. I honestly don't know how you do it. Nerves of STEEL, you! (And a huge heart)

Liz S

I cannot tell you how happy I am that you are pumping for her. I had to pump for a woman who came in through the ED with a broken back from an MVA. Her baby was at the Children's hospital next door. Can I tell you how hard it is to pump when they cannont get into an upright position?!

If you have any way to show her the Stanford Pumping Model, it increases milk supply a lot. The average increase was from 750 ML for the control mom and 950 ML for the study mom. You can find it if you google Jane Morton Stanford Hands on Pumping.


I really feel for her. This is awful.


This is so incredibly sad. You are so right, it makes me realize that my second daughter's eleven days in the NICU weren't so bad since I was able to be there with her every one of those eleven days. And pumping? I hated it so much but at least I was able to do it myself. You and your coworkers are amazing.

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