I don't know how many of you know I'm a popo, but if you didn't know, now you will. I've been in LE for +/- 11 years. Well, after that long in the job I finally ended up delivering a baby this morning. Whew! Talk about a nerve racking experience! The couple was on the way to the hospital when a tire blew out. I was dispatched, along with an ambulance and fire truck. I was first on scene, thinkin' I'd stand by for the ambulance as usual and the Mother says, "The head is tryin' to come out!" I'm like, Oh SHIT!!!
Dad was off to the side sayin', "Hurry up, the baby's coming out!" Poor guy was scared shitless. Well, I barely get Mom's pants pulled down and the head pops out! I've never been so scared and so excited in my life! Once the head was out Mom stopped pushing and didn't want to push anymore. Well, after what seemed like WEEKS of coaching by Dr. Diablo she finally starts pushing again and the tiny little body comes on out about three inches and she stops again saying she can't push anymore. Well, more coaching and another huge push later an apparently healthy and VERY LOUD little guy comes shootin' out like a friggin' rocket. Fire got there about that time and I let them take over with their birthing kit.
I've gotta say that this was probably the most exhilirating experience I've had as an LE, and quite possibly the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me as a human being. I don't care how many you've watched on TV or in videos, you ain't seen nothin' until you're down there waitin' to catch the baby as it's coming out. Friggin' amazing! It was an awesome relief to hear the little fella cry for the first time. I don't have any real training on birthing children, but I was pretty sure that hearing it cry was a good thing.
I felt better yet again as his face started to get a little color to it. I've seen lots of horrible things in my career but the worst, bar none, was the time I saw the aftermath of a miscarriage. That tiny, lifeless little fetus will remain burned in my brain forever. As I was delivering this little guy I was so scared that it would be still born or something and I wouldn't know what to do. I just can't express how happy I was to hear that child cry. I can only imagine how it must feel to actually be Mom or Dad and go through all the thoughts I had as "a disinterested third party".
Anyway, just thought I'd share the experience. I'm pretty wound up from it so sleep ain't gonna happen for a little bit. Just glad it went as well as it did.