Wednesday, March 14, 2007

This illustration taken from here
A lovely little story from work (made my day, anyway).

I don't always work on Delivery Suite but this particular evening I was helping out as another Team was short. I had applied a cardiotocograph (or CTG as it's better known) to a woman's belly to monitor the baby's heartbeat and contractions on a strip of paper -not routine, but this woman had had complications. The baby's heartbeat was looking fairly flat, which is not desirable but sometimes occurs when the baby is less active. "Hmm",says I, "I think this baby needs to wake up..."
So the father-to-be then puts his face really close to Mum's belly and says "WAKEY WAKEY BABY!". Lo and behold the recording of the fetal heart immediately starts to jump and accelerate and look far more normal!


Mumov2 said...

No wonder babies don't sleep when they arrive, they hear Daddy's voice and wake up. Daddy goes to work comes home at bedtime and they say aha it's time to wake up!!

Lovely story though, made me smile


picperfic said...

now that's cute! Nature at its best!

Riggwelter said...

Fantastic, my favourite bit to being pregnant was labour, firstly, for the obvious reasons, and secondly, seeing those miwives doing a fantastic job and I really admire their calmness. I've had a mixed bag of deliveries and in all of them the midwives always made me feel comfortable and relaxed.

Hat off to you!

Artis-Anne said...

Aw that is so lovely :)
Had to laugh at mumov2 comment though . Now I wonder if that will be the case ? Interesting thought

Jo said...

wonder if he'll be as good at putting the baby to sleep!!

Dirk_Star said...

Cute story.

Seven more weeks to go until baby is born. Felicia has not had a fun time with this experience and as the pelvis is spreading she is living in a never-ending state of pain.

We are having a boy.

Yes, I'm excited but I hate having to sit helplessly by and watch my wife suffer.

Dirk_Star said...

I'm conducting an important readers poll, can you spare a minute?

Pepper said...

That is funny. I will say this, "he will not attempt this after the baby arrives home."