Nursing has been ranked as the second most important job, after doctors. Today, nurses are holding larger roles in the healthcare setting. They are the mediators between patients and doctors, and an extension of patients’ families.

The healthcare scene is seeing better trained nurses, who help enhance health outcomes as their observation skills and vigilance have often enabled doctors to make better diagnoses, and suggest more effective treatments. In fact, many patients have testified that their lives have been saved by nurses who were sharp enough to pick up early warning signs, especially during a cardiac arrest.

Nurses as an extension of love

Most recently, a post-birth photograph sheds light on a nurse who has gone beyond the call of duty. The photo, taken in a bathroom at Clark Memorial Hospital in Indiana, has touched thousands of hearts online.

It was Jill Krause’s first trip to the bathroom after delivering her child. The photograph, taken by Katie Lacer of MommaKT Shoots Photography, showed the nurse offering the mother a cold pack to ease the pain.

“Her nurse didn’t hesitate to kneel in front of her to help her slip into her exceptionally flattering postpartum mesh panties and cold pack after helping her clean up a little bit,” Lacer said.

“It was a quiet moment that I just happened to turn around and see. It wasn’t planned or expected. I was nearing the end of her birth story and it seemed fitting that I would include the moment as a solid end point.”

Krause, mother of four, shared the photo on Facebook where she thanked the nurses who cared for her after her delivery.

“I’ll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby,” she wrote.

Her post which has been shared more than 65,000 times has drawn more than 125,000 responses.

A photograph capturing the close bond between a nurse and her patient who had just given birth has gone viral. Photo credit: Katie Lacer of MommaKT Shoots Photography/Baby Rabies Blog on Facebook
A photograph capturing the close bond between a nurse and her patient who had just given birth has gone viral. Photo credit: Katie Lacer of MommaKT Shoots Photography/Baby Rabies Blog on Facebook

“That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone. They treated me with such kindness and dignity.”

"For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies.”

Krause was grateful for the help that the nurses extended to her. Like the nurse featured in the photograph, other nurses taught her how to manage her pain with a cold pack.

“After each baby, they helped me to the bathroom,” she said. “The first time, they literally showed me how to do everything – right down to putting the ice pack on my mesh undies. By the fourth baby, I knew how to do all this, but she was still in there with me, helping, assuring me any mess I made was fine, telling me not to clean up the blood that dripped on the floor, and encouraging me with a big smile and kind eyes. It sounds like a small gesture, but it meant the world.'

Social media abound with stories of nurses who cared to bond

The Facebook post has garnered support from fellow mothers who felt compelled to share their pleasant experiences with nurses.

“My delivery nurse grabbed my cell phone without me asking and snapped pictures of my boyfriend and me when they first put the baby on my chest.

"It was honestly one of the sweetest things anyone could've done for me that day. I'll always be thankful for that,” added another user.

Lacer who has built a career in birth photography says the help extended is incredible and is amazed at the way nurses give their all to mothers in the delivery room and beyond.

“We both want to serve other women, other mothers, and the bottom line is that women helping women always works, always,” Lacer said.

“All of these amazing women and partners that are talking about their postpartum care are opening up a door to share about a part of the birth experience that we often dismiss, and it’s time to acknowledge it.”

She has witnessed almost 100 different birth stories, and in each encounter, these nurses – the certified nurse midwives, labour and delivery and mother/baby nurses – are powerhouses.

In their gentle and endearing ways, these guardian angels in the wards are more than nurses who dispense medicine, treat wounds, and monitor patient vital signs. They are inspirational and demonstrate love that can only come from a heart that is passionate about enabling lives. MIMS

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